Ball joint replacement


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Old 07-20-22, 06:58 AM
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Ball joint replacement

I have a 1999 Dodge Dakota SLT with just over 50,000 miles. Had to find a new mechanic as former one retired. Took it to one with high ratings and satisfaction for oil change and check-up. He found several things needing repair, one that is rather costly. I know everything has gone up in price and some parts are hard to get, I just want to know if the price seems fair.

Estimate to replace Upper & Lower ball joints w/o Control arm removed $1646.91, with possible increase as front end is very rusty and may need additional time and labor if seized. Does not include wheel alignment.

Other estimates are for left rear wheel stud replacement and inspection of right $163.88

Transmission oil pan &/or gasket $345.94

Power steering hose $245.92

So, I'm looking at a little over $2400 bucks.

I am 87, so I don't know how many more years I'll be tooling around and I only use the truck when necessary.

Are the repairs worth it?
 
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Old 07-20-22, 08:08 AM
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1999 Dodge Dakota SLT with just over 50,000 miles.
For any car with that low of miles it sure seems like a lot of suspension related repairs.

Repairs are so location dependent, best to find second shop for comparison.
 
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Old 07-20-22, 08:36 AM
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Some of the prices sound high. Definitely agree on a second opinion.

If the transmission pan only has a slight leak..... don't touch it.

I'm guessing broken wheel stud. That's a safety concern and must be done.

Assuming the power steering hose has been compromised... it should be replaced.
The price given sounds like it might be good as the hoses can be tough to get to.

Upper and lower ball joints.... $1646 sounds a bit excessive.

I had upper and lowers done on a 1999 Ford E-350 1 ton van. It was $750... parts and labor.
 
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Old 07-20-22, 09:19 AM
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prices seem high and a lot of work, also doubt the ball joints would be worn out on a vehicle with 50k miles.
would also get a second opinion or maybe just find something like a broken wheel stud and transmission pan gasket that you know may need done and call around a few places to get estimates on those items first.
 
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Old 07-20-22, 01:06 PM
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Thank you all for your input. The notation on estimate says front upper & lower ball joints have slight play and boots are torn.
Power steering rack feed line leaking does not say how much.
Trans pan leaking, needs gasket, also does not say how much.
Wheel stud is broken.
How do I go about getting a second opinion and what would it cost? Location West Ft. Lauderdale. Fl.
 
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Old 07-20-22, 01:34 PM
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Just take it to another garage, some will charge to inspect, some will not.
You could tell them what the other garage said was wrong and ask them to verify and give you a price for them to repair it.
 
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Old 07-21-22, 03:31 PM
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If you you were a little closer I could recommend some good independent garages, but I don't think you want to drive all the way up here to Sarasota County.

FWIW, I pretty much agree with the others that all the items seem a little pricey, but you are down in the expensive/pricey corner of the state and those might be going rates.

Just curious, has that always been a Fla truck or did it spend any of it's early life up in the snow belt getting salted in the winter?
 
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Old 07-21-22, 08:30 PM
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It has never been out of state since I bought it. No, don't think I want to drive that far, although it would put some more miles on it.
I have an appointment on Monday with a place not too far that had good reviews and free estimate.
 
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Old 07-22-22, 05:50 AM
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Always good to have an in-state vehicle that didn't start out life corroding up north.
 
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Old 07-25-22, 09:11 AM
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Update- got a second opinion this morning and take it in Wed for repair.
Conclusion was ball joints definitely need replacement. $840 bucks.
Oil pan, not necessary at this time.
PS hose, not necessary at this time, will keep a check on it.
Wheel stud lug nut did not see need for it. (If this is the one of the six nuts that go around the tire, that has been missing for years).
 
 

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