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Old 08-04-2012, 04:14 PM
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Front upper ball joint replacement

Hey all, so i had my vehicle at Firestone not too long ago for a tire balance and rotation. While it was there, i asked them if they could see why the front end makes a squeaking noise when the wheel is turned and why it occurs when it is very warm outside.

They claim i need a new front left upper ball joint. If this is the case, they write me up a quote for the upper ball joint at 215.56 and labor at 168.00. After shop fees and tax, its 412.26. It seems pretty outrageous for this. Can anyone recommend a good quality ball joint I can purchase from like rock auto or amazon? I did a search on rock auto and there is no ball joint that even comes close to that price.

Help! Thanks for the advice in advance!

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Old 08-04-2012, 04:23 PM
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

The only thing I can think of is they quoted you on the price for a whole new upper control arm.
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Old 08-04-2012, 06:54 PM
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

Well this is the quote. Seems bogus.

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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

If you an mechanically inclined the ball joints are an easy DIY.


A little search on the internet pulled this up(check attached). Check the highlight the SKU matches and its going for $80
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

Thats too much dude i spent 100 on both of mine and my mechanic
charged me 40 dlls and thats because i didnt want to do it myself but
i was more than capable.
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

Upper ball joints are not, I repeat NOT an easy DIY, upper control arm assemblies on the other hand are a much easier DIY, just make sure to get an alignment afterwards,
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

OK, thanks for the insight all. I will order a upper ball joint online and have my corner shop put it in and get an alignment. It would seem to be much cheaper going that route anyhow.

Lastly there are some other joints that are much cheaper online on rockauto.com for example, should i just go with the Moog and call it a day?
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

just know they may not be able to press it out either... which will end up costing you a ball joint plus a more expensive locally sourced upper control arm. To replace the upper one it says to remove the boot on the joint so the special tools fit onto the joint better. Using the special tools in the ball joint press It also took hitting the back of the ball joint press with my long blow air hammer, and even then it was hitting the back of the adapter with my air hammer and a flat bit, then applying more pressure with my 1/2in gun repeatedly.

They should be able to but I know there has been at LEAST one person who was sold lower ball joints (easier to replace imo) and after the shop destroyed the joint trying to remove it they told him he needed a lower control arm.
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

The labor price isn't bad, but they're quoting you almost three times the price for the ball joint. Like others said they must've meant the whole assembly ask them if you want them to do the work. I've worked in shops, and my boss would get at least double the part price. This particular one would actually get mad if the customer knew better if they tell you a lie move on. I hope it's just a mix up
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

Pressing out the original BJ and pressing in the new one is where the challenge is. Make sure your shop has the right equipment and experience for that.
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Re: Front upper ball joint replacement

rock auto has the upper balljoint for $45 - you can borrow the tools from autozone or advanced auto (pay the deposit, when you return the tool the give you 100% refund). shouldn't be that hard to change it yourself. I did my lower balljoints for $60 out the door and about 2 hrs of my time. I also have an 06
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I am speaking from experience, the top ones are not as easy as the bottom ones, a lot more work, and held in a lot tighter.

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