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Unread 12-30-2015, 10:34 PM   #1
Derrick111
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Loose Joints On Lower Control Arms!!

I have been told that I have loose joints on my lower control arms in the front of my '07 Patriot and must right away. After reading so much here and around the web, it seems this flaw is caused by Chrysler's cheap parts. My questions are:

1- Am I going to have to look forward to a $1,100 repair bill every 40-80K depending on how I drive even after replacing once?

2- I have read that Mood makes replacement joints and joint/arms that people seem to like... are these much better than the part Chrysler would use? I don't want to pay $1,100 to have this work done with cheap parts if I can spend a little more for something that won't fail like the originals/OEM.

3- The Jeep dealership estimated $1,100 which seems high... have people found that you could find non-dealerships do just as good a job for this specific work for less?

Kind of stressing about doing this right and before it causes an accident... Thanks!!

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Unread 12-31-2015, 06:46 AM   #2
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Dorman, Moog and Mevotech all make good replacement control arms for the Patriot. It's not a terribly difficult job to do and any competent shop would be fine to do the replacement. Figure roughly $6-800 for a shop to do it, depending on mileage you may want to consider replacing the struts and strut mounts while it's apart.
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Unread 01-04-2016, 08:58 PM   #3
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I've always made it a point to find a good, trustworthy mechanic close to home. I've been lucky, and have a good relationship with the same shop for over 20 years. For non-warranty work, I've always gotten a much better deal from them.

Having worked in automotive service (before all this electronic stuff), I learned early that going to a dealer for non-warranty repairs is practically always a rip-off. Just my $00.02.
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Unread 01-06-2016, 12:27 PM   #4
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Well, I found a garage who will do it for under $200 plus parts... I ordered Moog arms and should have them in a week. Hope this all works out!
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Unread 01-11-2016, 03:13 PM   #5
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Hey everyone, I got the Mood arms/joints but now need to make a decision on the best place to install them... I have a local garage that will do the install and alignment for $250, and a Jeep dealership that will do the install and alignment for $400. My question is... do you think it is worth the extra $150 to have the Jeep dealership do it? I ask because I wonder if the Jeep place would better know how to do it right or if it shouldn't matter? I though I read this needs to be done with certain torques and the suspension with weight equal to the car on it while this is being done which a non-jeep place might not know??
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Unread 01-11-2016, 03:27 PM   #6
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I'd use the local garage any good shop will have access to all the information they need.
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