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I replaced both lower ball joint earlier and upon tightening the castle nut, it went past the cotter pin hole and squished the ball joint rubber boot. I can still turn the castle nut easily.

Do I keep tightening until I can't anymore and then torque to spec?
 

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how far past? I would definitely go until you can torque it down properly. It will sqoosh the ball joint boot when installed and tightened down.
 

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The bottom of the castle nut is right at the top of the upper part of the cotter pin hole.

How much squish can thw lower ball joint hsndle? I've only ever see torn and damaged ones and unsure what it should look like. Google image failed in providing pictures for me.
 
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