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post #1 of 6 Old 08-29-2013, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Ball Joint

I have a 2010 JK with 4 inch lift and 37 inch tires. Imjust bought it from private party last week and took the JK to the dealer for cgeck up. They told me the ball joint needs to be replaced due to too much play. Called 4 wheel shop and told me that should not be the case since Jeep only has 17K miles and tose ball joints are good for 80-100K miles. Do you think the dealer was just trying to make money or could it be something else causing the problem? What could it be? Any suggestions on what to,do?

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-29-2013, 10:53 AM
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Dealer is probably right. My bone stock 2007 JKUR had ball joints go out at 55k miles. With a lift and what I've heard seems entirely reasonable they are shot.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-30-2013, 11:20 AM
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Lift the the front and shake the tire at the 12 and 6 position (or use a something akin to a lever and place under the tire while lifted and lift up and down) and if there is play, then your ball joints are shot and need replacement.


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post #4 of 6 Old 09-06-2013, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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How much should ball joints cost for jeep wrangler lifted both sides top and bottom? Does $700 parts and labor sound reasonable? Would you recommend having it done in a 4 wheel or place that specializes in trucks and jeeps only or any small autoshop can probably do it cheaper. My concern is it really requires experience on big rigs for this part or not?
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-06-2013, 01:21 PM
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Since it is a modded Jeep I would take to 4X4 shop and get a second opinion. Yes mileage is too low for worn out ball joints.

Yes they are a pain to put in watch some YouTube videos you will see. But some beer and a handy mechanic friend could help if needed.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-06-2013, 01:58 PM
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When I did mine the parts were $250 and it took 6-8 hours. I'm sure a shop could do it much faster.

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