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Old 03-22-2011, 10:40 PM
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So when I was getting my alignment checked they let me know that my lower ball joints have torn boots with 1/16" of play. So what should I do, do I need to replace my ball joints or is there a way just to put on new boots? I am a complete noob to this stuff so any help would be great, thanks.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:51 PM
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shit my all 4 of my boots have been ripped since i bought the truck back in march of 09 actually tomorrow is my 2 year anniversary lmao anyways back on topic i've off-roaded it and went threw water up to the fogs got stuck in mud up to the top of my rim and still haven't had any problems. There f-ing tight. no play in them what so ever. Just because there boots are ripped doesn't mean you have to replace them. They can go a long time like that. if there is play yes the smart thing in that situation would be to replace them. And if your doing the lowers might as well do the uppers as well since the you have to remove the knuckle on the top a-arm anyways
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:56 PM
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shit my all 4 of my boots have been ripped since i bought the truck back in march of 09 actually tomorrow is my 2 year anniversary lmao anyways back on topic i've off-roaded it and went threw water up to the fogs got stuck in mud up to the top of my rim and still haven't had any problems. There f-ing tight. no play in them what so ever. Just because there boots are ripped doesn't mean you have to replace them. They can go a long time like that. if there is play yes the smart thing in that situation would be to replace them. And if your doing the lowers might as well do the uppers as well since the you have to remove the knuckle on the top a-arm anyways
Good to know. Sorry is this is a stupid question, but is 1/16" play a lot of play? Should I be worried. I feel like my steering is perfectly fine, tighter than my last car, but I don't want them going out or anything.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:44 AM
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If they are ripped the grease in side will slowly come out and they will dry up.
Once that happens you will slowly develop a thump sound when going over bumps.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:22 PM
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If they are ripped the grease in side will slowly come out and they will dry up.
Once that happens you will slowly develop a thump sound when going over bumps.
So is there a way to replace the boots then so that doesn't happen?
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:48 PM
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replacing the ball joint. no other real way. You'd have to take it all apart to replace the boot anyway.

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:51 PM
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replacing the ball joint. no other real way. You'd have to take it all apart to replace the boot anyway.

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So I guess its pointless to worry about it now then. Just keep an eye on it and replace it when they start to get worn.
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:54 PM
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check it out yourself. put it on a jack (and stands, safety, etc etc) and grip the wheel at 12 and 6. if you shake it and feel a lot of play, you need em. if its not sooper lose, make a mental note and pay attention to it. you'll know when they are real bad and dried out cut it'll make noise on bumps and when you turn the wheel and stuff
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:58 PM
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Yeah, I did it myself and when the mechanic did it himself he said there was about 1/16" of play. It was very minimal when I did it. The upper ball joints still have the boots intact, will having the lower ones in this condition hurt the upper ones at all?
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:07 PM
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I cant imagine it would but i'm not a suspension expert either, lol.

In your current condition, I cannot think of any reason 1/16th of an inch play would cause any major damage to the upper joints.

every mark on the ruler is 1/16th. Not very big.

I might be completely wrong, if someone else knows otherwise please chime in, but based on that I feel that 1/16th isn't going to be a "wheels fall off" scenario. I'd just make a note and plan to budget that in soon and decide if you're going to do it or have someone do it for you.

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Old 03-23-2011, 08:26 PM
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Yeah, I am planning to have them done during the summer. I have been reading up on the difficulty of replacing them. I am not very mechanically inclined with suspension stuff, haven't even changed my own brakes, so I think I might just pay someone to do it, but I'd like to do them myself. I don't know yet, maybe I will get some balls by the time I need to do it.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:42 PM
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might not be a bad idea. find out how much a shop will charge and kinda go from there. You need a special tool to press most ball joints in and out. Autozone usually loans them I think. If you are planning to wait til summer you should start researching now to see if it something you want to take on.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:49 PM
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Yeah. Thanks for all your help. I'll probably end up taking it to a shop. I need to have Cam Washers installed too to fix my camber so Ill just do it all at once. Any chance you know the price estimate on ball joints?
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:52 PM
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I can look it up. You going to do upper and lower?
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:54 PM
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I might as well so I don't have to have it all taken apart in another 20k. How are you going to look it up because I've been looking online and can't find much
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