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Trying to change upper ball joint on 1970 mustang. But when putting the ball joint on and trying to tighten to specs and bolt was spinning and I was not paying attention and ripped the boot. Never had this happen before - bad ball joint? Any advice appreciated.

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You should be able to buy a new boot and simply replace it.
 

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Trying to change upper ball joint on 1970 mustang. But when putting the ball joint on and trying to tighten to specs and bolt was spinning and I was not paying attention and ripped the boot. Never had this happen before - bad ball joint? Any advice appreciated.

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Try putting some weight on the tire/spindle then tighten.
 

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Replace the boot. When beginning to tighten the nut, put either Channelocks or a C-clamp between the spindle and control arm to squeeze together and force the taper of the ball-stud to seat into the spindle's hole.
 
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