ball joints

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Asked by May 06, 2008 at 10:01 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Impala

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

just had my o2 impala in for an oil change and tire rotation and was told I need all 4 ball joints replaced...the car has 102 k on it...should they be worn out already, or am i being taken for a ride...not hearing any noises...

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995

sounds like you should replace your shocks

2,110

there was no mention about the shocks in the estimate so i'm assuming they are ok...again no strange noises...

995

you need tires lol

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2,110

I don't think so,the repair sheet says my tire have 32 psi in them...what's a psi...

995

personal saftey induction

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what does that have to do with tires...souns like air bag stuff..

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound-force_per_square_inch

995

your car rides on air bags?

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what about the shocks.are these the same thing or another part on the car..again must be ok as there are no strange noises...what about the ball joints ??

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thanks jasper...

995

you should check your wiring harness, cut it open and find the green wire with the blue strip. cut it and connect it to the brown wire with the red stripe

42,555

You should only have 2 ball joints. In a front wheel drive car the upper ball joints are replaced by the steering knuckle's mounting into the strut tower, IIRC. It's entirely possible that yours have worn enough that they no longer pass acceptable tolerances. I would suggest getting a second opinion from another mechanic and see what they say.

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With a 102,000 km on a vehicle that even the police use as cruisers and beat the living daylights out of.. I highly doubt you need such a service as to replace the ball joints. I call it fishing. Working a shop I see customers coming in with $1500 estimates for brakes, tires, suspension.. etc when after our inspection and road test only need about $200-300 of work. Some cases the vehicle is perfectly fine and the shop/stealership (yes, I mean stealership, not dealership) or service centre is just looking to pad their soft bottom line. If the repair industry is slow, magic estimates of several hundred dollars and more work then necessary pop up. Don't fall victim to it. I especially wouldn't trust a shop that calls for 4 ball joints on a car that only came equipped with 2..

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3,375

As stated, you have only 2 ball joints. However, tie rods and hub bearing assemblies are notorious for going bad on almost every GM car.

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Dude....psi is Pounds Per Square Inch

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