Lower control arm and ball joint problems
Hello, I have recently purchased a 1998 Dakota 4x4 SLT Club Cab with a 5.2 magnum and a 5 speed. Well, I just went over the fron end to see what's making it drive funny, and I found that both the uper and lower ball joints are bad on both sides. I have also learned that my lower controll arms are cast iron. I have the upper ball joints installed on the upper arms, and I am totaly puzzeled on how to get the lower ball joints out of the controll arms.
The upper ball joints were rivited in, simple enough to fix. The lower ones apear to be pressed in, but my press won't make them move. So, I'm stuck. Dose anybody know what to do to remove the lower ball joints? Are the ball joints even replacable? Dodge wants $1100 per arm, just to buy them, not to install them. I can't afford that. Please Help.