Normally no ...
Just separate the upper joint from the spindle and replace hte boot.
They are available from most auto stores.
I have run into a few where it looked like the installer put the boot on the joint before installing it
These were trapped between the arm hole and the joint and required joint removal and then reinsatllation to correct :sad:
WATCH OUT FOR THE SPRING
Be sure you use a compressor or other meens of retaining it and know what you are doing before separating the spindle from the joint.
If the lower arm is supported at the ball joint the weight of a fully assembled car and the shock will keep the spring from coming out when the upper arm is removed. The upper boots on original upper ball joints are not replaceable in my opinion. If it is replaceable the joint has to come out of the arm as the boot is above the arm. After having gone to all that work I would just replace.
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