Ball joint installation

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET 1500
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  • V8
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  • 300,000 MILES
Hey, I pressed in my new Moog ball joints and the nipple is a bit off, where it should be? Can I press it out and back in straight? Or with the hole in the control arm be to stretched out?
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 12:22 PM

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Tiny
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Good afternoon,

You can press it out and back in again. No harm will be done unless you use a torch to heat it up.

Roy
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 1:53 PM
Tiny
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Thanks. I used a small propane torch, and ball joint press, and a hammer to press out the old ones. I Didn t get it that hot. You think it s still okay?
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 5:30 PM
Tiny
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Heat weakens the metal. Keep an eye on it to be sure the joint doesn't move.
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 5:39 PM
Tiny
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Okay. Thank you for your prompt reply. So should I just draw a line then on the ball joint and control arm and just check after a couple days of driving and every once in a while?
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 5:52 PM
Tiny
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That is correct.

Roy
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Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 AT 9:49 PM

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