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From: Eddie M.
Date: March 05, 2002
I just changed my ball joints on my Imperial. They were original like yours. Don't worry about that metal retainer. The new ball joint design won't allow for it to be re-installed even if it were good. In short, you really don't need it. Just remember, if you did not remove that ball joint comepletely you will need a lot of heat and a ton of strength.