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'01 Ranger - upper ball joint question

Hey Guys,

I'm not a wrench, so keep it simple please.

I've got a '01 Ranger, 4x4, 95k miles on it. I took it to a very popular shop for the "lifetime alignment". They told me the upper ball joints need to be replaced, and I might as well change the lower ball joints as well. $1,100.00. The upper ball joints are Torsion ones.

I have a angled curb at the end of the driveway. I don't hear anything when I exit or enter the driveway. I thought when your upper ball joints were going you would hear a clicking or thump sound. I don't hear anything.

So, when the upper ball joints are going out on the Ranger, do you hear anything?
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Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. Your best bet would be to jack up the truck and get a buddy to grab the tire and move it while you take a look... or get the mechanic to show you how much play is in it while the truck is in the shop.

If the your lowers are still original I would definitely consider replacing them. $1100 sounds pretty steep to me though!
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lower ball joints are always going to be expensive, I believe they think they have to take out torsion bars etc, so their labor will make it higher.
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I should have know this. We did this on my daughters Dodge. Dodge!!! Don't get me started!
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Update:

I got the upper and lower ball joints replaced. I also had the plugs replaced with Bosch Platinum plugs (I know some of you don't really like non OME plugs), and the ignition wires replaced.

I replaced the fuel and air filters myself. I used a fuel filter from Napa Auto parts. They said it was better then the OME one. Napa part $27, OME filter from the dealer $37.
I used a K & N air filter. It stated 1 to 4 extra horse power over a regular air filter, $57.

I spent a pretty penny, yes lots of them!

This was all done yesterday. So far, I'm SMILING! Its put a big grin on my face! Throttle response is back. Quicker take offs! It should also be getting better gas milage too. I'll find out with my next fill up.
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those ball joints are fairly simple to replace. when i do them at home for parts and labor for Moog i charge $500 and for the O'Reillys brand $400
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