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Unread 03-09-2007, 09:47 AM   #1
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Ball Joint Replacement Cost?

Any idea what I could expect a ball joint replacement to cost? How about a U-joint?

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Unread 03-09-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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If you are talking about the front axle shaft U-joints... i just did mine and it cost 19 bucks per joint. I did it myself with a BFH. It isnt hard. If you get a press it doesnt take long at all to do. I was just too lazy to get a press... er too cheap. One or the other.
I dont know how much to get it done at a shop but if you have some basic tools and some time you can save some money, even if you have to buy the press(like 50 bucks or so I think). I think you can also use the press to remove and install the balljoints.
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Unread 03-09-2007, 01:17 PM   #3
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$80 for spicer ball joints if you do the work yourself.....i've done many sets
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Unread 03-09-2007, 02:48 PM   #4
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What's everyone's favorite band of ball joints? I just had all four replaced with Moog greaseable ones.
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Unread 03-09-2007, 03:02 PM   #5
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i use spicer because they are good and cheaper (since i replace them yearly)
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Unread 03-09-2007, 07:27 PM   #6
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What's everyone's favorite band of ball joints? I just had all four replaced with Moog greaseable ones.
Moog is a fine reputable brand of chassis components.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 09:11 AM   #7
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I know this is an old post but FWIW, my mechanic wants $600 for both sides. $75 apiece for the BJ and $300 labor. He said during a morning annual inspection that my driver side is bad but the PS is OK.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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$75 apiece for the BJ and $300 labor.
They usually come in upper/lower pairs. Crown is $50 a pair.

$300 labor for a mechanic to do both sides, can't argue with that.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 12:11 PM   #9
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I was quoted around $600 as well, did the Moogs with my father-in-law last Jan. Rented a press from Autozone and it took roughly 6-8 hours total, for all 4. First time either of us had done ball joints, so a little bit of a learning curve, and it took more brute force than the typical Jeep repairs I had done (water pump, brakes, radiator, sensors, etc), but they popped in and out. Kind of suprised a 2000 would fail the safety inspection for these. I drive 98% highway/city driving and grease all fittings 3-4 times a year, but shouldn't have to do them again for a long time.

Here is the how-to video that I found helpful:


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Unread 04-06-2011, 12:12 PM   #10
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Spicer or Moog as mentioned above are both quality parts.

I highly recommend not paying a shop to do this fix.
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Unread 04-06-2011, 02:36 PM   #11
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I was quoted around $600 as well, did the Moogs with my father-in-law last Jan. Rented a press from Autozone and it took roughly 6-8 hours total, for all 4. First time either of us had done ball joints, so a little bit of a learning curve, and it took more brute force than the typical Jeep repairs I had done (water pump, brakes, radiator, sensors, etc), but they popped in and out. Kind of suprised a 2000 would fail the safety inspection for these. I drive 98% highway/city driving and grease all fittings 3-4 times a year, but shouldn't have to do them again for a long time.

Here is the how-to video that I found helpful:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3jjPouRdFw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYcqNAhk-co
My old car has visible play in the ball joints (jack it up and you could wiggle the wheel up and down) and it passed NYS inspection! Guess it's a how-concerned-is-the-shop thing?
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Unread 04-07-2011, 09:16 AM   #12
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Funny thing, my shop said he couldn't fail me on a NYS inspection with bad ball joints? How's that? Granted, I had very little play (I know you want zero play) but what about those that are ready to pop out? Having a wheel come off wouldn't be much fun. On another note (and I haven't searched topics yet), I notice some are advertised as "adjustable" to give you more camber or caster - are they necessary? I don't have a lift and the tires are 235's - if that matters.
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Unread 04-07-2011, 05:01 PM   #13
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NO! It will drive your alignment guy insane, and your wallet will bleed! DO NOT BUY THEM! They are adjusted by "guessing" on where to set it, installing it, hooking it up, and seeing where it's at. If it's off, u do the entire job again. Dont do it! Do you want to pay the labor for this? No... So, just have it done with a standard one.
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Unread 04-09-2011, 07:49 AM   #14
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Thanks - sounds good to me.
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[QUOTE=ExpressoNate;11326455]NO! It will drive your alignment guy insane, and your wallet will bleed! DO NOT BUY THEM! They are adjusted by "guessing" on where to set it, installing it, hooking it up, and seeing where it's at. If it's off, u do the entire job again. Dont do it! Do you want to pay the labor for this? No... So, just have it done with a standard one.[/QU



It's funny you said that! I just took my jeep in for an alignment and the Goodyear rep tried to tell me that I needed to get the adjustable ball joints, I think that he assumed I had no mech skills! Naturally I thought he was an idiot , he also tried selling me a three year warranty for the alignment at twice the cost, to do nothing different! What ever tools are tools some you use some go home at night and sleep just like you and I!
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