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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-09-2013, 08:30 PM
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I have done two of these and if you have not done any work like this on your car I would consider hard if you want to do it. I would take it to another place that does free alignment checks and they will confirm if the ball joint is bad because it could just be camber from weak front springs. Not that fixing that will be cheaper but it is not dangerous as a ball joint failing. The torn rubber is not how you determine a bad joint. They should see if there is any play in the joint by using a pry bar and trying to lift the tire and feeling the movement in the joint.

75K miles is not a lot to wear out ball joints because mine had 136K and they were still good but I replaced them because they groaned. I injected grease in them two years earlier.

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I think I replaced mine with Moog. Did both sides. They had a little bit of play in them. I don't think I paid anywhere near $500. Might have been around $100-$150 in labor for both of them plus the part. Look on craigslist, I've found ASE mechanics in the $30-$50/hr for labor. Get the part either from rockauto or from Advance when they're having a 40-50% off sale.

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Replaced my ball joints, had a shop to do it in so it was easier, but all in all I'd say its about a B level tech job. Required quite a lot of brute force like most suspension work does, especially if you live in an area with salted roads or haven't touched the front end in a long time. It's a pretty basic job, but like I said requires a lot of force to separate some things.

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