FORD EXPEDITION BALL JOINT PROBLEM
2002 Ford Expedition • 152 miles
Not sure how long to put off an auto job repair on assembly control arm and ball joint lower estimate for services is $1,353 about 7 hr of labor. How important is this type of service, it's been about 3 months since I was giving this estimate. What can happen if I keep prolonging this service ball joints have excessive play. Right tire is bald. Please advice me on what can happen if I let this go on with it being service. Thank you.
March 20, 2013.
March 20, 2013.
There is something wrong with the estimate you provided. While working at a dealership for a different brand, I repaired a lot of Ford trade-ins including a pickup truck that put the owner in a ditch at highway speed due to a separated tie rod end. Many Fords use assemblies that put the ball joint and lower control arm in one piece. They are somewhat easier to replace but it definitely doesn't take seven hours. There's something you haven't included or don't know about. For your vehicle, the lower front ball joint is available separately for anywhere from $12.00 to 70.00 and the control arm with ball joint is available for between $240.00 and $385.00 plus shipping. Replacing the entire control arm or just the ball joint takes about an hour. That's for front parts. Your vehicle also uses ball joints and control arms in the rear instead of the tough solid axle housing. Worn parts there will not hold the wheel in proper alignment which leads to tire wear.
Factory parts almost always cost more from the dealer. Aftermarket parts from name brand manufacturers like Moog and Federal Mogul usually cost less and they do a real good job of improving on the original designs. The vehicle will have to be aligned after suspension parts are replaced, so a more typical estimate would be in the area of 350.00 for parts, not including one, two, or four new tires, two hours for labor, which is generous, at around $100.00 per hour, and whatever the going rate is for an alignment. When I left the dealership in '99 they were charging $49.00 for my alignments. Now it's closer to $100.00 for a four-wheel alignment because many cars and trucks have gotten harder to adjust. That puts my dollars and labor times at half of what you listed.
Mar 20, 2013.
Mar 20, 2013.
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