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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Lower Ball Joints

I have an 07 Endeavor that needs new lower ball joints. The problem is that every parts store or dealer parts department only carries the complete lower control arm. I have found one online store that offers a ball joint that fits. The rarity of availability makes me nervous. Does anyone know if there is a potential issue in just replacing the ball joint and using a standard ball joint press kit to do it? Basically is there a reason it is so hard to find the ball joint and that everyone wants you to replace the whole control arm other than it makes them more money? I will do the work myself, I just don't want an issue to arise if there is some odd reason the whole thing should be changed. I have found bushings for the control arm so I feel that I could get that and the ball joint and come out hundreds of dollars cheaper and just as good. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-19-2017, 01:21 AM
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Besides the fact that they make more money ...
There might be another reason ... not many shops have the right equipment nowadays.
And it might just be that the ball joints have a predetermined friction rate.
If not original and / or not done properly they won´t last long.
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Well, since I can't buy an original ball joint I guess I will just go ahead and do complete control arms. Only 2 more bolts and extra cash but if it last longer and avoids issues guess it's worth spending the extra cash. Thanks for the input.
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