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My truck failed inspection because both lower ball joints are supposedly bad. How do i check this myself to make sure they are bad.
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jack up the front end. let the tires hang and grap the tire at 12 and 6 position and move in and out you will feel it clunk
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So to do the lower joints they said about 310 is this reasonable
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um do it yourself and save money
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um do it yourself and save money

its not cake work for everyone.

310 is not bad, but i think its like 80~100 in parts..
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Not mechanically inclined.....
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ball joints alone shouldn't cost over $100 for boths sides......parts only of course...
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$310 is a good price for parts and labor.. if you dont know how to do the job yourself id pay that... shoot thats almost cheap enuff to where i would not even mess with it..lol
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its not cake work for everyone.

310 is not bad, but i think its like 80~100 in parts..
plus at a shop you have to double the actual price of the part
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plus at a shop you have to double the actual price of the part
Unless Zach works there... Then its abou 6-7 times more expensive.

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you cant just jack the truck up and shake the wheels like the old days. the front end has to be loaded with the wheels off the ground (weight of the truck on the lower arms) then you simply use a long pry bar and in the correct places pry up and down while checking for movement from the balljoints.

either way 4x4 or 4x2 checking them is the same and you have to remove the steering knuckle to replace the lowers.

now on older twin I beam trucks all you had to do was jack the truck up and wiggle the tires.
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I dread this when it comes time for mine to be done. I talked to a shop today that quoted me 800 to do lower and upper complete job including the alignment. Damn why cant parts be made that dont break. I hate not being mechanically inclined and Zach won't come help me either.
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plus at a shop you have to double the actual price of the part
my shop was 20$ on top of cost... i got all 4 of mine done for 580 with moogs to give you an idea... i think the tops are the hard ones to do and the really expensive ones
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my shop was 20$ on top of cost... i got all 4 of mine done for 580 with moogs to give you an idea... i think the tops are the hard ones to do and the really expensive ones

top take about 10 minutes each.. but they cost about $75-125
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there has to be a mark-up on parts or shops would go under.

this is how "WE" professionals make a living so dont bash it.
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So if they are bad am i going to notice a change in the way the truck rides once they are replaced tommorrow?
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i dought it will ride any different
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$310 is a good price for parts and labor.. if you dont know how to do the job yourself id pay that... shoot thats almost cheap enuff to where i would not even mess with it..lol
for that price i would def pay someone to do it
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So if they are bad am i going to notice a change in the way the truck rides once they are replaced tommorrow?
mine were completely shot and it noticed it in turns and at high speeds... much more stable and tighter turning
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goto your ford dealership its only $930...............but its ford!
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