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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Front Steering Knuckle Replacement

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My experience with bad ball joint repair. Noise from underneath the car traced to a bad left ball joint. The repair requires replacement of the whole steering knuckle/balljoint as it's one integral unit.

The steering knuckle was $484 plus $180 labor. Ouch! The repair was by the dealer that I bought the Jeep from.

Afterward I got home, checked the price of the part on Rock Auto; appeared to be about the same price, but I noticed that the part was listed as "out of stock." Hope this doesn't mean there's a design or material problem, since there's another one on the other side!

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39K miles

My experience with bad ball joint repair. Noise from underneath the car traced to a bad left ball joint. The repair requires replacement of the whole steering knuckle/balljoint as it's one integral unit.

The steering knuckle was $484 plus $180 labor. Ouch! The repair was by the dealer that I bought the Jeep from.

Afterward I got home, checked the price of the part on Rock Auto; appeared to be about the same price, but I noticed that the part was listed as "out of stock." Hope this doesn't mean there's a design or material problem, since there's another one on the other side!
Hi there,

Thanks for sharing that.

I had the left side ball joint replaced on mine at 20K miles under warranty (the hole knuckle). Now I'm just over the 25K mark and the right side ball joint is klunking...

BTW, Moog has recently come out with a standalone lower ball joint for the KLs. No one on the forum has reported a successful install yet (edit ; not true, @Desoto has one or two done), though I'm sure it's coming. One member did purchase one, but the shop person told him they couldn't remove the old joint with the knuckle still in place, so he gave up and had the knuckle replaced instead...

Source : Ball joint 20K

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Thanks, Mark_, for your reply. I went back and read your earlier thread. Now I'm worried about the right one going out. I don't have any extended warrany so the $700+ was out of pocket for me.

I did notice that one reply in that thread mentioned greasing existing ball joints using a needle fitting on the end of a grease gun. I'm thinking of trying this on the right side, although I'm assuming that he's talking about just puncturing the boot with the needle and filling it with grease.

I did bookmark the link for the Moog ball joint, though it may be hard to find a local mechanic that would know how to disassemble the joint from the knuckle and reinstall the new one. Moog may provide instructions, which I'll check on when the right one goes out.

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Yikes! I recently had to replace both knuckles, along with a bearing that had seized up. Similar mileage, just shy of 40k, I believe (currently at 43).

At that price, expecting the right knuckle to go might be enough to justify buying an extended warranty. My whole repair for both knuckles and the bearing was about $200 thanks to the warranty.


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