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Archie Brand
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12/05/2007
06:15:52

Subject: RE: How to Replace Lower Ball Joints
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I just bought Mevotech upper and lower Ball joints. Upper fitted but Mech says no good on the lower joints.
Can anyone give me the definitive "what happened" that makes these lower replacement joints no good. Its a 99 2wd Durango.



TexasTodd
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12/05/2007
16:04:56

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You may try the General Board, there more people may see this.

Good luck.



Houptee
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12/06/2007
17:04:49

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The 4x4 lowers are diff part numbers than the 2wd trucks, totally diff front end set up.

Maybe you bought 4x4 lowers?



Jeremy
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2/11/2009
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Houptee, which parts from the Harbor Freight press did you use to remove/install the lowers? Could you explain the order of the pieces to me that you used for each process? I have the same press, but the middle size tube seemed a bit too small and I was afraid it might damage the joint on installation. I went and bought the 14 piece master kit, but none of those really seem to fit either.

Thanks



Houptee
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2/12/2009
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It was a while ago dont remember which tubes from the kit worked. Basically you need to first pry off the rubber grease boot and then file or grind the 3 tabs that keep lower ball joint in the lower control arm hole. Then you use a tube larger than the outside diameter of the ball joint and press it into the tube. You could also go to home depot or lowes plumbing dept, bring your new ball joint with you to test size, and get a black steel pipe nipple that ball joint fits inside for a few bucks. Good luck email me if you have any questions.



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8/25/2010
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12/22/2013
10:46:19

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I replaced my lower ball joints on my 00 2wd in less than an hour and didn't break anything, while drinking a 12 pack of budwieser. i can't believe some people have this much trouble. i even got the right parts! your better off paying someone else to do the work for you!



Terre
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7/29/2015
19:19:12

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I own a 2003 Dodge Dakota...shop just replaced the upper control arms and the front barings...still getting a HORRIBLE cranky noise when turning the wheel to the right. Now they say they will try replacing the lower ball joints. What should this cost?

FYI...barings done separately w/tune up @ $650.00...I'm wondering what the control arms and lower ball joints are going to run???

Thanks for your help.
Terre



Houptee
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7/30/2015
23:18:49

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Terre Its probably the front CV axle shaft joint
if its 4WD. You can get brand new shafts not
remans from ebay and other parts from this website
www.primechoiceautoparts.com really reasonable
prices.



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