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Mark Stringer

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:52 pm
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I have a 2001 1500 quad 5.9L 2 wheel drive 97k. Dealer says upper and lower
ball joints should be replaced, grease seal broken and joints are dry and
worn. Cost is over $2000. He says the entire control arms need to be
replaced, just the ball joints cannot be replaced. Does this make sense?
Sound okay? Otherwise truck runs good.

Thanks

Mark Stringer

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:14 am
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"Mark Stringer" wrote:

> I have a 2001 1500 quad 5.9L 2 wheel drive 97k. Dealer says upper and lower
> ball joints should be replaced, grease seal broken and joints are dry and
> worn. Cost is over $2000. He says the entire control arms need to be
> replaced, just the ball joints cannot be replaced. Does this make sense?
> Sound okay? Otherwise truck runs good.
>
> Thanks
>
> Mark Stringer

Dodge only services the ball joints as part of the control arm.

Aftermarket shows the ball joints separately.

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:32 am
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On Wed, 23 Jan 2008 17:52:21 -0600, "Mark Stringer"
wrote:

>I have a 2001 1500 quad 5.9L 2 wheel drive 97k. Dealer says upper and lower
>ball joints should be replaced, grease seal broken and joints are dry and
>worn. Cost is over $2000. He says the entire control arms need to be
>replaced, just the ball joints cannot be replaced. Does this make sense?
>Sound okay? Otherwise truck runs good.
>
>Thanks
>
>Mark Stringer
>

That's nothing, did you know that you can't just change the tires on
it? According to that dealer, you have to replace the wheels too!

Google is your friend, a quick search will give you parts prices.
Installation is going to run more.
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(Msg. 4) Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:37 am
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Mark Stringer wrote:
> I have a 2001 1500 quad 5.9L 2 wheel drive 97k. Dealer says upper
> and lower ball joints should be replaced, grease seal broken and
> joints are dry and worn. Cost is over $2000. He says the entire
> control arms need to be replaced, just the ball joints cannot be
> replaced. Does this make sense? Sound okay? Otherwise truck runs
> good.
> Thanks
>
> Mark Stringer

It makes sense. Part of the ball joint check is looking for play in the
control arms. If the control arms aren't worn they can just replace the ball
joints. If the wear limits are exceeded on the control arms they should be
replaced.
If you don't trust the dealer take it to an independent shop for a second
opinion.
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Ken
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(Msg. 5) Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:19 pm
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"Mark Stringer" wrote in message

>I have a 2001 1500 quad 5.9L 2 wheel drive 97k. Dealer says upper and
>lower ball joints should be replaced, grease seal broken and joints are dry
>and worn. Cost is over $2000. He says the entire control arms need to be
>replaced, just the ball joints cannot be replaced. Does this make sense?
>Sound okay? Otherwise truck runs good.
>
> Thanks
>
> Mark Stringer
>

get a second opinion from an independent shop that specializes in alignment
and front end work. i use moog ball joints when it is necessary. i.e.
working on a ford.

i have a 91 2500 with 150k and a 1997 1500 with ~280k on the odo and both
are still within spec. if you grease the ball joints properly then they
seem to last a long time. same with my dakotas.

if you use the discount zippy oil change services some of them won't grease
all of the fittings (if they do any) when you have your vehicle serviced.
if they can't see or reach the fitting from the pit, it never sees grease.
some of them have to be attacked from above.
michael
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(Msg. 6) Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:17 pm
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On Jan 23, 5:52?pm, "Mark Stringer"

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~:~
MarshMonster
~takes a toke.......wonders if his kids would rather fer pops truck to
have new balljoints......or if his kids would rather go to a few extry
movies this year~
~:~

i like a man that understands that a used truck is nothing but a used truck.
"out of spec" doesn't necessarily mean unserviceable. if so, most of my
vehicles would be in the junk yard. especially the amf harleys...
michael
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:57 pm
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<5f8b9777-5eed-4511-9161-873ce46b0f6d RemoveThis @v4g2000hsf.googlegroups.com
>,
Marsh Monster wrote:

> ====
> ====
> On Jan 25, 8:17?am, "nunya" wrote:
> >
> > i like a man that understands that a used truck is nothing but a used truck.
> > "out of spec" doesn't necessarily mean unserviceable. ?if so, most of my
> > vehicles would be in the junk yard. ?especially the amf harleys...
> > michael
> =====
> =====
>
> I love my balljoints...........
>
> but I like my steak even better.
>
>
> Smile
>
>
> ~:~
> marsh
> ~:~

Have ya ever considered putting the mushrooms on the steak?
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