Ok so back in June of 2005 I had my upper ball joints replaced at Midas. The damage: $476.53.
So here is what the invoice says:
Remove and replace control arm: 120 labor
2 Ball Joints Part number 104261: 131.28 each (262.56 together)
Plus alignment: 39.95
So they told me at the time they only used MOOG ball joints (well I looked up the part number and the ball joints are TRW (I've heard they are the same as MOOG). They only place that sells those is Advance Auto (which they are showing a price of 53.99 a markup of 243%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you look up that part is explicitly says :Use with arms that contain replaceable ball joint
Well my driver's side joint is going bad (its binding up everytime it hits a bump and pops like crazy).
Should Midas have replaced that ball joint using the OEM control arm? If they we're not suppose to, could I start a labor claim?
NOTE this was back when I was 19 and less mechanically inclined. Now I know how to properly replace them, so I'm probably gonna buy some new ones and replace instead of trying to get a warranty replacement on the ones installed (lifetime warranty on trw 104261)
So what is your guys opinions?