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Old 10-24-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Ball Joints - tough install?

Had the Jeep in the shop to replace the rear axle seal (under warranty from the rear diff job) and they said something I have kind of been expecting. Need new front ball joints upper and lower.

I got quoted $866 including alignment ! So the question is how tough is this job as a DIY. I've never done it before and would have to rent or buy a press.

Thoughts and comments are always appreciated!

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Just time consuming not difficult. Just be sure to have the right adapters in the press.

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:26 AM   #3
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So if I give it a whole Saturday, with a good tutorial, I should be good?
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Be prepare for some frustration. A friend of mine that is an ase mechanic was working on some last night.... Had the jeep on a lift, and an air hammer with a fork, blow torch, and a lot of sweat rolling down his brow....

That said, if they don't look too corroded, it will probably be less of a hassle.
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And then there is the question of whether you want adjustable ball joints or fixed ball joints. All depends on how well you know your jeep and whether you have by chance bent your Cs.
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And then there is the question of whether you want adjustable ball joints or fixed ball joints. All depends on how well you know your jeep and whether you have by chance bent your Cs.
Great point! How are your tires wearing? Are they cupping badly? If so, look at adjustable ball joints for sure.

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