Changing ball joints on an Escalade

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Old 03-15-08, 10:34 AM
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Changing ball joints on an Escalade

I recently had the ball joints and other associated parts checked out. I agree that the front end needs work, but they want about 1400 to change the ball joints, upper and lower control arms, and the pitman arms. Does this seem correct. Also, with all the proper tools is it something that I could do since I think I am mechanically inclined.

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Old 03-15-08, 11:03 AM
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That type of work could turn out to be brutal if you have not done it before and have ALL the right tools..

I do all my own front end work but even with a long diy history and having a full complement of air tools including 3/4" drive impact and air chisel, pullers, clamps, bars, jacks, cutting torch, etc am often challenged by getting things apart and re-assembled.
What is also a challenge, because of having to deal with front end spring pressures is doing it safely.

Think this one through carefully.
 
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Old 03-15-08, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by nametag View Post
I recently had the ball joints and other associated parts checked out. I agree that the front end needs work, but they want about 1400 to change the ball joints, upper and lower control arms, and the pitman arms. Does this seem correct. Also, with all the proper tools is it something that I could do since I think I am mechanically inclined.

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you should have little trouble removing control arms, just be very carefull because of the springs. if i were you, i'd have invested $14 into chilton manual. not haynes.
when you have control arms removed, buy ball joints and bring everything to any midsized tire shop or suspension shop. they will press joints out and in for you, and you'll pay very moderate price, and will have their WARRENTY on it.
repalce control arm bushings at the same time, won't hurt.
if you MUST repalce control arms - why? - they should come with ball joints already installed.
this is what you have to keep in mind: there is a lot of difference between BEING mechanically inclined and THINKING that you are. it's a large vehicle and you'll need a lot of muscle and many tools to do the job. worst thing that might happen to you is to tear everything apart just to find that you can't put it back together. on call mechanics will cost you much more than what you were quoted.
i am still wondering - why do you need to replace control arms?
pitman is a ***** to replace, as you must disconnect steering gear to remove pitman. unless you know what you doing - don't do it yourself. you may end up with 2 problems - blown airbag and cockyed steering wheel after.
 
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Old 03-15-08, 09:28 PM
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This truck has torsion bar front suspension, no springs. I would recommend you take it to a shop and have them do it.
 
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