Mission Accomplished Rear Ball Joints Successfully Replaced
I got the ball joints in this weekend. I left the sway bar connected to the knuckle at the wheel hub but disconnected the sway where it mounts to the rear of the car. I only un-bolted the side I was working on when I was working on it. It really helped having the sway bar out of the way..it gave me the clearance for the C-Clamp press I used to press the ball joints out. I got the C-Clamp press from Harbor Freight...maybe a GM tool would have fit, and I wouldn't have had to worry about the sway bar?
I used a floor jack to keep and vary the compression on the suspension spring. I couldn't get the spring compressor I rented from AutoZone to fit on the spring. I was very careful to fit a ridge of the saddle of the jack into the circular cut out of the lower suspension arm, it seemed to lock in pretty securely...but I was holding my breath and checking and re-checking it throughout the process..
All in All a rewarding Saturday..dirty & greasy....getting those cotter pins out is a PITA, on the passsanger side I actually had to use a drill.
Thanks for the input!!!