Um, help please?

I really need help with the installation of lower ball joints on my 2002 Dodge Dakota 4.7 Club Cab. I saw the Dakotas Forums but they want money to get answers. I have 6 herniated disks and my friend has offered to do the repair for me but he asked me to get as much information as possible. Pictures or other instructions. If anyone can help it would be of great help.

I had the upper ball joints replaced 2x's, once at NTB (reimbursed from DC) and once at the dealership. I only have 73,000 miles! I even had to replace the front rotors and brakes 3x's! I obviously don't drive wreckless. Now it's time for the lower ball joints. Oh by the way, if anyone knows whether or not the new upper ball joints (the dealer replaced for the recall) have grease fittings or are they the same old crappy ones? Oh one more thing, has anyone heard of CHASSIS 1? I bought lower ball joints in this brand and I wonder if I should get different ones. I mean, these do have grease fittings but I don't know if they are high quality. Should I also think about replacing the outer tie rods at the same time?

Thank you!
Monday, April 3rd, 2006 AT 7:44 PM

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Spicer has alway had quality ball joints.

Your best bet is to purchase a Haynes or Chilton manual for your specific make and model. You can find real bargains on e-bay sometimes. Most places have them for under $20.00.

Purchase qaulity rotors and cheap brake pads. Sometimes the friction material on pads is too aggressive and will actually wear/warp the rotors.

I'd wait on the tierod ends until they are needed.

Good luck. :)
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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006 AT 12:26 PM

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