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9COOP5

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2014 Exp XLT
Just had the ‘03 Ford Explorer oil change and tire rotation completed. Was told need to have the lower control arm and ball joint installed.

Does this look like immediate attention needed?

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Trollslayer

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The parts are easy to get and not terribly expensive (I used MOOG) and one the few thing you can do in your driveway.

I would not wait any longer than I had to.

Once you change it out make sure to get the alignment set.
 

MrPulldown

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Isn't there suppose to be a rubber boot over that. With no boot and the amount of rust I would think that the ball joint is beyond toast. Have you ever seen a car lose a ball joint on the road...

I would replace the entire control arm with a new ball joint and bushings.
 

9COOP5

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That is the thing, I took the truck back to Goodyear who installed the control arm one year ago, and there is a two year warranty. I called the shop and I was told it is suppose to look this way, and everything looked fine. I will pick the truck up later.
 



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