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Old 11-24-2012, 03:23 AM
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2006 Ram 1500 4.7, 4 door, 4x4, 35,000 miles. Took it in for an alignment and was told that the left upper ball joint is loose. They wanted to only replace the upper. Shouldn't both upper and lower be replaced? That's always been my practice but I haven't owned a truck with so low miles before. Is it possible that the lower will still be ok because there's only 35,000 miles on it?
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I personally would not change the lower especially with those kind of miles.

I would however go ahead and change the other upper ball joint (make sure you get ones with grease fittings)
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That's what I was thinking but I thought I'd ask around. Thanks.
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I would replace both and here's why: Dodge ball joints are notorious for failure, as evidenced by your upper already going bad. Since this repair is coming our of your pocket you can save yourself a future labor expense by doing both now. If you do one now and the lower fails in 6 months, you'll feel foolish and your wallet will feel lighter. I would insist on good aftermarket parts like Moog or the high line Napa joints.
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Ok. It's only an extra $25 for the lower. Thanks.
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