Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Springfield, GA
Replace Balljoints, OR replace entire control arms??
I've got a 2004 3500 with the 8.1 in it. The front tires have been wearing very strange, so I took it to have the tires rotated & to check the suspension. Turns out that both outter tie rod ends and all 4 balljoints (press in) are bad. The shop quoted me $500.00 labor with me providing the parts. But it seems to me that I can get upper replacement control arms with new MOOG balljoints (and new bushings) for around $80.00 (each) shipped. I can't seem to be able to find the replacement lowers, only uppers. Can somebody point me in the right direction, as this seems to be a much better, cost effective way to go. (and replacing the tie rod ends is not too difficult). It appears that this would be the cheapest way to go, but is this the BEST way?? $500.00 labor to do this seems a bit steep.......(and he originally quoted me $650.00 and then 'knocked it down' to $500.00)
Anybody care to give an opinion as to which way to go?? Thanks!!