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Ball Joint Replacement Cost


How Much Does Ball Joint Replacement Cost?

 
low costDo-It-Yourself: $125-$400+average costRepair Shop: $350-$2,200+
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A pivotal part of a vehicle's suspension system, a ball joint has a round ball-like head that swivels inside a cup-like socket. Usually there are four ball joints in a car's front suspension, with an upper and lower one on each wheel. Depending on the wear pattern on the suspension system, it can be necessary to replace one, two or all four ball joints.

Typical costs:

  • Hiring a mechanic to replace four ball joints (two per wheel on front suspension systems) can cost $350-$2,200 or more, depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle; how difficult it is to access the ball joints and whether the work is done at an independent or chain repair shop, or at a car dealership. In general, luxury or exotic vehicles will be at the upper end of the price range for this repair. To replace one or two ball joints, CostHelper readers report paying $260-$1,450, for an average of $522. To replace four ball joints, CostHelper readers report paying $360-$2,000, with an average price of $677.
  • Basic parts for a do-it-yourself project start around $30-$100 per ball joint, or $125-$400 for four, but it can cost more for luxury or rare vehicles. Some ball joints are connected to the control arm in one assembly, which must be replaced as a complete unit; part kits for this average about $500-$650. CostHelper readers report paying $112-$400 or an average of $249 for do-it-yourself materials for a project that took three to six hours of work.
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What should be included:
  • Although ball joints are generally durable, they can wear out eventually and the ball won't fit in the socket as well as it did originally. Depending on the vehicle, driving habits, driving conditions and wear patterns, a ball joint can wear out at 30,000 miles, 100,000 miles, 150,000 miles or more. Symptoms that a ball joint might need replacing include a clicking or thumping noise when going over a bump or hitting a pothole, or a shake, shimmy or vibration in the steering. A mechanic can measure the looseness of the old ball joint to determine whether it should be replaced. The California Bureau of Auto Repair has an illustrated overview of ball joints[1] .
  • Popular Mechanics[2] rates the difficulty of replacing a ball joint as moderate, but says if the vehicle requires the use of a spring compressor it's better to hire a professional mechanic. MobilOil.com[3] rates the project as difficult and estimates it takes an average of three hours.
Additional costs:
  • Some vehicles require a wheel alignment ($130-$850 per axle) after replacing the ball joints; check the vehicle's specifications to see if an alignment is needed (it isn't always necessary).
Discounts:
  • A CostHelper reader in Illinois reports buying parts for a 1995 Ford Explorer for $50 at Autozone in 2010, and paying a local mechanic $200 for labor to replace the ball joints.
Shopping for ball joint replacement:
  • Ball joint replacement can be done at a car dealership, an independent repair shop or car-repair chains like Firestone[4] , Midas[5] , Pep Boys[6] or Sears[7] .
  • Both the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence[8] and the International Automotive Technicians Network[9] provide a searchable directory of repair shops.
  • Consumer Reports lists tips for finding a good mechanic[10] .
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Both Front Lower Ball Joints 2005 Nissan Sentra
Amount: $30.00
Posted by: Justin Nelson in Garden City, MI.Posted: April 14th, 2014 01:04PM
Shop: Driveway
Paid 30 bucks for 2 new ball joints. Rented the press for 100 bucks (got it back when returned). Before this I've never even changed a brake pad. Took me 8 hours for one side, 2 hours for the other (figured out how to do it). Saved several hundred dollars while learning a lot.
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both lower ball joints
Amount: $446.60
Posted by: DUUKANU in butler, PA.Posted: December 12th, 2013 12:12PM
Car Make: hondaCar Model: accord
Shop: koeppens
fix my noisy squeaking groaning problem.
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replaced lower ball joint and alignment
Amount: $292.17
Posted by: Bob Booth in Reno, NV.Posted: August 20th, 2013 04:08AM
Shop: Big O Tires
Great job. Was done in 3 hours. My Avalanche feels new again.
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Chevy Trailblazer front ball joint replacement
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: dmak in Dover, ME.Posted: August 15th, 2013 06:08AM
Car Make: ChevyCar Model: Trailblazer
I went to a local mechanic and the total was 800.00 to replace both upper and lower front ball joints.
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Toyota ball joint replacement
Amount: $690.00
Posted by: Annie010 in Burlingame, CA.Posted: July 17th, 2013 09:07AM
Car Make: Toyota CorollaCar Model: LE
Shop: Toyota-Van Ness, SF, CA
In 2013, it cost me $690 (and it took nine hours to get my car back) for one ball joint replacement on my 2002 Toyota Corolla LE, at Toyota's San Francisco service center.
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Ball Joint Replacement
Amount: $780.00
Posted by: Jefferson in Ardmore, OK.Posted: April 20th, 2013 02:04AM
Shop: Hudson's Tire Center
Replaced all four ball joints at 150,000 miles.
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2 lower ball joints and 2 upper control arms
Amount: $557.00
Posted by: Kim Pruse in SUPERIOR, WI.Posted: April 19th, 2013 05:04PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Explorer
Shop: Olivers
Always reasonable, quick, and reliable.
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Ball Joint Estimate
Amount: $440.00
Posted by: JennAS425 in Bradley, IL.Posted: April 2nd, 2013 01:04PM
Shop: Midas
Mine came as an assembly. Dodge stratus 2005. There was some kind of alignment fee (not tire alignment, but something haha sorry).
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ball joint replacement front wheel
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: jackatson in Somerville, NJ.Posted: December 12th, 2012 08:12PM
Car Make: Fullerton FordCar Model: Taurus
Shop: dealer
Had no symptoms of problem. 6 month checkup dealer said I needed front ball joint replaced.
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both lower ball joints
Amount: $468.00
Posted by: needanewcar in Pomona, NY.Posted: December 1st, 2012 06:12PM
Car Make: 2000 FordCar Model: Explorer
Shop: Mt Ivy Exxon
Needed both lower ball joints, parts $74, labor $394. Good, reliable service.
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Both Lower Ball Joints Replaced
Amount: $369.00
Posted by: Dany in SAINT LOUIS, MO.Posted: August 31st, 2012 10:08PM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: Mountaineer
Shop: Car Doctor
Moog ball joints used - lifetime warranty and can be greased to keep them going a long time. Great service, showed me the details while the vehicle was on the lift.
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All 4 ball joint
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Tony Saldana in baltimore, MD.Posted: August 27th, 2012 08:08PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: f150 4WD
Shop: my job\'s warehouse
I did not even know how to change my oil. One day I took my ford ranger for a ball joint replacement at the local shop: they quoted for more than 800. Scared with such thing, the next day I decided to buy my tools and a repair manual, since then I've done my own work on all cars I have ever had (Chevy, VW, Ford, Mazda, Honda) and save a lot of money and time.
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Replaced ball joints
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Kenneth B. in Dallas, TX.Posted: July 24th, 2012 08:07AM
Car Make: FORDCar Model: 2000 EXPLORER
Needed all 4 ball joints replaced. I bought the parts at Autozone for about $80.00 and installed them myself using a floor jack and jackstands. It was a hard job that took about 8 hours (I did not have a ball joint fork or a press.) I had the 2 link pins and the alignment done at Firestone ($230.00). It was a real job but saved a bundle.
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uppers and lowers
Amount: $325.00
Posted by: chris king in killen, TX.Posted: July 17th, 2012 08:07PM
Car Make: 1993 ford ranger stxCar Model:
Shop: angels auto
Work was done in 4 hours and I picked my own parts just need a 4 wheel alignment now and I'm done
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1 ball joint replacement, front left
Amount: $205.00
Posted by: janivan in Royal Oak, MI.Posted: July 16th, 2012 02:07PM
Car Make: Honda 2004Car Model: Civic
Shop: TLC
Car was done in a couple of hours, fair price. Noise is gone!
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4 ball joints sway bar links alignment
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: a user in Pt st lucie, FL.Posted: May 4th, 2012 04:05AM
Car Make: Ford f150Car Model:
Shop: St lucie battery and tire
Not a deal but not too high. Basically the price of two car payments i dont have to pay every month anyway.
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4 ball joints and inner CV joint repair $180 including a few new tools
Amount: $2.00
Posted by: Bigred in Muncie, IN.Posted: April 29th, 2012 12:04PM
Car Make: 97 hondaCar Model: accord
Shop: my house
Replaced all 4 ball joints and repaired inner CV joint on the passenger driveshaft after a passenger side lower ball joint snapped on my girlfriend's car. Passenger side took be about 10 hours, driver side only took 2.5 hrs after knowing what I was doing. Lots of helpful repair videos on youtube! Save yourself some bucks! Type in your year, model, and repair need into google and watch a few videos on the repair, then go do it!
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One upper ball joint replaced and alignment
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: YoungSoo Baek in spring lake park, MN.Posted: March 9th, 2012 01:03PM
Car Make: 2002 AcuraCar Model: TL
Shop: Precision tune auto care
Good service, but unsure of pricing... if it was a good deal or not.
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Ball Joint Reeplacement
Amount: $600.00
Posted by: Multiple Mercedes Owner in Pelham, NY.Posted: January 20th, 2012 09:01AM
Car Make: 2006 MercedesCar Model: ML 500 4MATIC
Shop: Pro Tech Benz
Drivers side wheel bearing.
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Ball joint replacement and alignment
Amount: $283.00
Posted by: Craig Prestero in Corpus Christi, TX.Posted: December 18th, 2011 02:12PM
Car Make: MercuryCar Model: Grand Marquis
Shop: Delta Tire & Wheel
Great shop to do business with.
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Ball joint replacement
Amount: $694.00
Posted by: truffledog in Poway, CA.Posted: December 2nd, 2011 07:12PM
Car Make: SubaruCar Model: Forester
Shop: Freddy's Auto Repair
driver's side ball joint replacement -- price included changing of brake fluid, rotor resurfacing and wheel alignment. (ball joint alone was in the mid 4's).
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Ball joint replacement
Amount: $1,450.00
Posted by: MEM79 in Baton Rouge, LA.Posted: October 7th, 2011 09:10PM
Car Make: 98 Mercury Grand MarquisCar Model:
Shop: Midad
Got my grandmothers car free and clear but knew there would need to be some front end repairs due to the fact it was not driven and had corroded to a certain degree bc there were no grease fittings. Ended up needing ball joints which came in kit, pitman arm, idler arm and tire rod ends plus they undercoat the car bc of minor rust damage and an alignment. Was more than an individual shop owner but cheaper than dealership and the work oys guaranteed foyt ary least a year so I was happy. Essentially paid 1500 bucks for a brand new car.
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Only one upper ball joint replaced - ridiculously high!!!!
Amount: $540.00
Posted by: Got Bamboozled in South Holland, .Posted: September 19th, 2011 11:09AM
Car Make: JeepCar Model: Libery - Sport
Shop: Value Plus Muffler - Markham, IL
Ok - from the prices I'm seeing on here. I definitely got jipped! I'm a female, so I wouldn't have known what to expect in pricing. Also, later found out there was a recall on the lower ball joints on the Jeeps. Nice, huh...
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replaced 4 balljoints wheel bearing and shaft seal
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: yacobelli in highland, MI.Posted: August 30th, 2011 06:08AM
Car Make: 2001 ford super dutyCar Model:
Shop: my driveway
I do my own work and for one reason not to get ripped of by a dealership, they wanted to charge 1100 rollers. What a joke.
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ball joint
Amount: $140.00
Posted by: errol in richmond hill, NY.Posted: August 23rd, 2011 06:08AM
Car Make: nissanCar Model: pathfinder
Shop: myself
after getting a quote for 1100+ i decided to do it my self since i already have the tools,i'm kind of a tool freak:)the lower ball joints cost 28 dollars each (front)and the outer steering ends 14 dollars each it took me approx 6hrs since i'm a loner.but igot it done for less than a quarter off the total cost.the rest of the total was for computerized wheel allignment which is necessary
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4 ball joints replaced
Amount: $147.76
Posted by: kidracer15 in Lewisville, TX.Posted: August 8th, 2011 05:08PM
Car Make: FordCar Model: Expedition 1999
Shop: Just Brakes
I was told it would cost me almost a $1000.00 from other places then called just brakes and had them do it in about 45 min.... Awsome
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Ball joint replacement
Amount: $1,543.00
Posted by: Mike in Dawson Creek in Dawson Creek, Other.Posted: July 8th, 2011 07:07AM
Car Make: ChevroletCar Model: Avalanche
Shop: Brown's Chevrolet
Lower ball joints - $941.00
Upper ball joints - $593.00
I was totally shocked when presented with the invoice. I was expecting a total around $1000 for this repair after receiving a quote for this and a few other items. The dealer's explanation was that the other items were not part of his overall quote. My advice is to make sure that you shop around prior to any repair and avoid the dealerships.
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  2.  www.popularmechanics.com/cars/how-to/maintenance/1888732
  3.  www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/MotorOil/Car_Care/DIY/Ball_Joints.aspx
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  10.  www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-find-a-great-car-mechanic/index.htm
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