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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-10-2016, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Went in today to have some *clunks* investigated. Some background : have had clunking up front for a while (early summer) and I decided to wait a bit because I also had a faint noise at back, and wanted it to be ripe for diagnosis + fixing.

Our streets and roads are in somewhat bad shape up here. One particular street had a few very bad spots that weren't getting patched up for a long time. They finally fixed them up early this fall. I drive 2 to 6 times per day on that stretch and I knew the Cherokee was feeling it, even if I am as careful as I can to avoid the potholes and deep cracks...

Result : just over 20K miles and I have one bad/loose front ball joint and one bad rear link kit. Parts have been ordered. Covered under warranty of course.
Can't just install a new ball joint, so they are replacing the knuckle. Haven't seen how much those parts cost yet...
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Thanks Mark, Good info.

I have a little rattle up front too when I hit some bumps, especially bad when I hit a bump while going 30-40mph around a slight curve. Think it's the ball joint.

Need to take it in but was waiting for all parts to be in for the 2 or 3 recalls I have which I think should finally all be there. It's also the reason I haven't put my lift on as I don't want them denying coverage because of that.
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Man Mark you Canucks are sure hard on vehicles eh? ~ lol~ Just kidding. Our roads up here in the mountains sound as bad as yours although we don't get quite as cold as you, but we still get heaving. We had a big meeting with county road dept a couple weeks ago over lack of road maintenance and the potential damage it was causing to our vehicles. We've had some long standing deep pot holes, cracks and you name it since summer before last and after our meeting county roads has been up here the last 2 weeks every days doing road work. They are doing a good job, but better hurry as we usually start getting snow by the end of Nov. and sounds like we may get our first as early as next week. There's a LOT of big money up here so the complaints didn't go unheard.

Hope your parts come in soon and all goes well and quickly on your repairs bud!
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Mine have been right side. Knuckles go for about $660.
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$660 ? For me... Canuck... it'll be more like $6600 Ok-ok, maybe $850. YIKES.

Ball joint is left front, and probably a result of how I was hitting bumps/ruts/holes. Oddly, link kit is right rear (?)

The bad stretch of road was bad for a long time and they didn't patch it because they had a plan to add a traffic light and redo the whole intersection ; that took them two years to plan and execute. Grrr... And there was another intersection where I had to turn left into nasty potholes (left front wheel) ; folks began cutting that corner way short to avoid that and a lot of locals knew this, so those coming up on our left would stop short of the stop line to give us room to cut the corner lol. That's how bad it was. They fixed that one a few months ago as well.

I remember I got a few successive recalls for lower ball joints on the Libertys so I never had to pay to have them replaced, but you could just do ball joints on the KJs, not knuckles...

Hopefully the right front will go before the basic warranty, heh.

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I think the aftermarket will kick in after a bit and offer a just the Ball Joint. The Knuckle is a total overkill.
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I think the aftermarket will kick in after a bit and offer a just the Ball Joint. The Knuckle is a total overkill.
I've got my fingers crossed for that to happen. And we'll need techs with the skills to remove the ball joints and press in new ones ; parts guy at the dealership tells me they don't look easy to remove.

Reminds me of a few techs at our local Nissan dealership who told me aftermarket ball joints existed for the Versa but that I would be better off getting a genuine Nissan knuckle instead, that pressing a ball joint in there wouldn't last long, yada-yada. I hesitated until he told me how much for the knuckle vs a ball joint. Got quite a few miles on that ball joint and no clunking so far.
If I have to pay for a Mopar knuckle + labour, I'm looking at roughly a grand (canadian). That's crazy.

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The Ball Joint is retained by a c-clip, not totally pressed in. I knocked one out just for fun. When you look at the parts listing, there is in fact a part number for just the ball joint, but it is greyed out and not available.
I have seen control arms that you can tell that the Ball Joint is wedged in permanent, but the KL is not.
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A quick follow-up :

Got her done last thursday. As I was leaving the dealership lot, I quickly realized how bad it was before they fixed it lol. Steering is nice and tight again, and no more clunking.

I asked to see the paperwork but the advisor said there was none. None for me, just their paperwork to claim warranty repairs. I still asked how much the knuckle was and the rookie advisor said she didn't know, it wasn't written on what she had in front of her. So the other advisor told her she could access the rest of the paperwork from her computer, which she did, then told me she only had dealer cost. And that wasn't far from what @Desoto said a knuckle retails for in the US. So... retail here would be roughly $1K ($Canadian) probably. Ridiculous, especially if the ball joint is held in there by a C-clip...

A happy camper nonetheless. Still impressed by the overall ride quality of these KLs.

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A quick follow-up :

Got her done last thursday. As I was leaving the dealership lot, I quickly realized how bad it was before they fixed it lol. Steering is nice and tight again, and no more clunking.

I asked to see the paperwork but the advisor said there was none. None for me, just their paperwork to claim warranty repairs. I still asked how much the knuckle was and the rookie advisor said she didn't know, it wasn't written on what she had in front of her. So the other advisor told her she could access the rest of the paperwork from her computer, which she did, then told me she only had dealer cost. And that wasn't far from what @Desoto said a knuckle retails for in the US. So... retail here would be roughly $1K ($Canadian) probably. Ridiculous, especially if the ball joint is held in there by a C-clip...

A happy camper nonetheless. Still impressed by the overall ride quality of these KLs.
Things must be different up there. I have always gotten a invoice stating the warranty work done. It did not include the price as FCA or the old Chrysler group paid for it.
I also had to sign off on it. I would imagine so the dealer can verify the work was done.
I am glad it all worked out and they took care of you.

Considering everything is sealed these days its very rare to even hear of a ball joint issue I am surprised. I know my old 2001 Cherokee Sport had countless fittings on the front end for greasing.
I wish this Cherokee had them also. They must be doing something correct with sealed joints.
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