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04-03-03, 11:21 AM   #1  
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Ball Joint

The mechanic said the left ball joint on my 99 Explorer is loose. Exactly what does that mean and what are the safety issues with it. He wants $250 to replace it.

 
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04-03-03, 12:38 PM   #2  
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It means danger.

The unit could break, causing the wheel to **** and lead to cause loss of control, resulting in death, injury or vehicle damage.

It should be fixed without delay. Do both sides for best results.

 
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04-03-03, 12:46 PM   #3  
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Thanks, will definitely replace it. Is the cost quoted reasonable for this work? I assume it's mostly labor.

 
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04-03-03, 01:59 PM   #4  
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Joe told you right for sure, When they snap you are in a W.O.S. big time. 250 does not sound to ridiculous. Cheap when it comes to yours or anyone elses safety. Most dealers get 60-70 an hour. Parts dont hurt near as bad as the labor. P.S. I have seen them snap on cars with only a few thousand miles.

 
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04-04-03, 05:30 AM   #5  
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I agree.

 
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04-18-03, 06:53 AM   #6  
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Are you refering to upper or lower ball joint? The uppers on an explorer are one piece with the upper arm and run around $100 each. THe lowers are around $40 - 50. They don't take too long to install. If $250 is the total with labor and parts then do it. But I wouldn't replace just one.

For more info on your explorer head over to http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/index.php

 
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