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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-24-2004, 11:04 PM
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What is the typical lifespan of a ball joint on a 8.25" ifs frontend? I ask becuase my front end is aligned within spec and i still get a strong pull, funny wear pattern and when i hit the brakes it pulls harder left than just running down the road. Any suggestions?
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Not sure on life, but have u tried balancing/rotating your tires? Your ball joint guess it probably a good one, but if they are really shot most places won't align it at all.
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Big tires do require frequent rotation. I rotate every 3000 and they have always worn even (and that's with Thornbirds!). But definitely check for loose tie rod ends, pitman arm, idler arm, and ball joints.
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Could also be a sticky brake caliper. I had that on a Grand Am the wife drives. Took a while to figure it out. Had to check everything else first.

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The truck has 141,000 miles so i figure they are probably worn out. Time to replace them, yea all 4. I already had to replace the upper a-arm bushings. Any special tools required to replace them? And who makes a good long lasting ball joint?
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Should i rent the ball join puller from autozone? How difficult is the entire process? How long should i alot for it? And is about $100 for all 4 joints a good price? Can someone give me some good do's and don'ts from thier install?
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wow, 4 MOOG BJs for $100 - i wanna shop where you do. those things run 32 and 34 each....about $140 total.

i dont know if you need a press, look and see if the LCAs are pressed in or bolted in.

UCAs - grind off the head and punch the rivet out
LCAs - same idea, but huge PITA on the rivets
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I second shorts comments. I just did my balljoints a couple of months ago. Once the rivets are out, its a piece of cake. Get the puller from autozone to make it easier.

Enjoy. Hope that cures your issue
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