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ball joints

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Sydenstricker Landscaping, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Ok I'm gonna do the front on my 2500. It has 182k on it and finally getting a lil loose. Just want to replace before something breaks and costs twice as much. What kinda of a nightmare am I looking at? Tie rods, idler arm, pitman, and balljoints. I know the older ones were riveted in, but the 99-06 are pressed. Do I need a shop to do those? Thanks in advance
  2. GSORK

    GSORK Senior Member
    Messages: 128

  3. kashman

    kashman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    its not bad just get the press from the parts store or you can get i cheap at HF
  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    fyi index the upper ball joints correctly or you will trash or snap them off.

    thay are sloted for motion and are marked on the new on how to install.

    and if there is any play in the upper control arm bushings make your life easy just get a new loaded upper a-arm with everything and bolt it in.

    plus fyi the alignment adjuster bolts for the upper control arms are sometimes frozen in. if so get new from the dealer for best quality . the cheepy off brands dont hold as good for clamp force .

    and full alignment when done with all.

    and check out these guys for hd option stuff on the steering and beter upper a-arms for leveling kit stuff. http://www.cognitomotorsports.com/
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  5. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    182k. Nice. I only made it 40k and had to replace one.
  6. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Be sure you use good quality ball joints so they fit tight into the A-arm. The uppers need to pressed out and back in. The lowers are easier to beat out with a good hammer and press back in. As said above be sure they go back in correctly. It will take you a couple hours per side with proper tools and knowledge of what your doing.
  7. dpglandscapes

    dpglandscapes Senior Member
    from 01982
    Messages: 120

    i was gonna say, 182 lol im doing my front end over at 75000 nothing worse then getting new tires and the guy saying you have a major front end issue lol,
    good luck with the ball joints
  8. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    but he told you.

    i know lots of guys that dont say anything. then you trash a new set of tires and warrenty wont cover defective front end wear on tires.

    and dont forgetto have at least alignment checked and print out when new. this will prove good for long wear. and if problems then you are covered better.
  9. dpglandscapes

    dpglandscapes Senior Member
    from 01982
    Messages: 120

    i completly agree, i was actually thankful he did cuz i had no idea i think that it could be because of the weight of my xls, but i wasnt paying sullivan tire 1700 for upper and lower ball joints pittman arm and idler arm brackett, and as soon as the works done its going back for the allinment
  10. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I know a place that tells everybody that, even if they dont need them. I've had guys come in my buddys shop for balljoints because they failed at the other place. Check them and they are fine, or even new. I went there for an alignment after we put in tierods and a steering stabilizer, only because they were they only place around that could align my big truck. They told me I needed a new steering stabilizer; I freaked out, how can I need a new one when this one only has four miles on it!? I was in there last week (with a company car), heard them tell a woman they couldnt sell her one tire, against company policy, and she'd need to buy three (already had one new one).
    BTW, my truck has 182k also, never done the balljoints. Every year at inspection time I expect to need them done, and every year they're still good. That's what a little grease now and then will get you.
  11. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Thanks guys. I grease everything each oil change, 3000 miles. Just these potholes over the past few years are taking a toll and are kinda hard to avoid. Just want to nip this in the bud now while the play isn't excessive or dangerous. This truck has to last me a while still. Plus I do enjoy wrenching on it
  12. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    That's a fun project when it's done in June. I usually do mine the day before the first snow.