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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.
Related articles: Car Suspension, Car Shock Absorbers, Replacing a Transmission, Replacing a CV Boot, Replacing a Timing Belt, Wheel Alignment

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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FRONT LOWER BALL JOINTS AND LINK KITS AND ALINMENT
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: KIMMOSLEY79@HOTMAIL.COM in HEBRON, OH.Posted: May 5th, 2015 01:05AM
Car Make: FORDCar Model: Taurus
Shop: M&M TRANSMISSIONS
i took my car to the local shop in town because of all the wonderful reviews,after they inspected my car i was told i needed lower ball joints and sway bar link kits. they also advised me if i wanted to buy my own parts i was more than welcome to do so.( has anyone ever heard of this ? ) they did a aliment for free these guys are my home town hero's now !
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4 ball joints replaced, 2 on each side, upper and lower, 2 bent tie rods
Amount: $1,350.00
Posted by: dug in orlando, FL.Posted: March 24th, 2015 07:03PM
Car Make: toyotaCar Model: tacoma
Shop: pep boys
I had all 4 ball joints replaced along with 2 tie rods
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ball joint replacement
Amount: $584.00
Posted by: aks in Clarksburg, WV.Posted: February 24th, 2015 11:02AM
Car Make: chryslerCar Model: sebring
Shop: quick lane
lower ball joints both sides replaced 2014
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Replaced upper & lower ball joints
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: JLD73 in Dallas, TX.Posted: February 21st, 2015 09:02AM
Car Make: Ford 1998Car Model: Expedition XLT
Shop: Love Field Auto
I took the vehicle in for something else and learned that I needed new ball joints. This is the 1st ball joint replacement on this vehicle which has 160k miles
Had mechanic replace upper and lower ball joints, link kit, idler arm and perform alignment.
Lower ball joints (2): $95
Upper control arm/ball joints (2): $230
Link kit (2): $33
Idler Arm (1): $148
Alignment: $170
Labor: $532
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one side ball joints, both front axle u-joints, steering rod, tie rod end, fr shocks
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: anthonynoble83 in clinton, IL.Posted: December 7th, 2014 06:12PM
Car Make: 92 fordCar Model: f150 4x4
Shop: my driveway
extensive work, tons of rust from the illinois winters, not hard labor if you have the right tools, had to drind ball joint nuts w angle grinder as i snapped 1/2 breaker bar on them. probably a total of 4 hours, as i made many trips to autozone.
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2002 Ford Ranger Upper Swing Arms and Lower Ball Joints
Amount: $710.00
Posted by: dan2014y in Suwanee, GA.Posted: October 31st, 2014 08:10AM
Shop: Local Independent Shop
I debated whether to replace these myself. I know I could of saved a bunch of money, but at what cost to my sanity... this job Is rated at $430 labor ($80 / hr), but by the time I get the parts, tools and get the truck off the floor, Id already be stressed out and I better finish the job.
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Don't fall for the mechanic price gouge
Amount: $282.00
Posted by: JasonRanger in Berlin, CT.Posted: October 10th, 2014 09:10PM
Car Make: 1999 FordCar Model: Ranger XLT 4x4
Shop: Private
Bought the parts online for $102, paid a friend $120 for 3 hours of labor, and I had upper full control arms and lower ball joints done. An extra $60 for the alignment, and I was all set.
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upper control arms - upper ball joints only
Amount: $612.84
Posted by: mike76 in Shrewsbury, MA.Posted: October 3rd, 2014 01:10PM
Car Make: jeepCar Model: liberty sport 2004
Shop: rands in shrewsbury
new upper control arms, labor 270, parts 342.84. parts were expensive, about double what was available on amazon. alignment was an additional 95 bucks. lower were done under recall by Jeep.
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2005 ford explorer both uppper and lower ball joints anf wheel bearing assemblies
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: mk16917 in fairplay, MD.Posted: September 28th, 2014 07:09PM
Car Make: fordCar Model: explorer
Shop: self
took about 4hrs per side and bought a press tool for 58.00, parts ordered on ebay
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Cost at Canadian Tire London Ont
Amount: $198.00
Posted by: JANEP in London, Other.Posted: September 19th, 2014 07:09PM
Car Make: NissanCar Model: Versa
1 front ball joint cost at Canadian tire.
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replacing the balls
Amount: $230.00
Posted by: jduane in foley, AL.Posted: September 8th, 2014 04:09PM
Shop: myself
Local shops wanted to charge over 1000$ plus front end alignment probably because of older communinty but oRiley had a sale n got upper n lower for 150 and was 6 hours of work. PS: if u don't have press it will take longer
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Toyota lower ball joints
Amount: $48.00
Posted by: Ken Begert in Canton, OH.Posted: July 16th, 2014 04:07PM
Shop: Myself
Watched th utube vids. Not accurate at all. 95 Corolla takes about 20 minutes each side. Took longer to get the cotter pins. $48 for parts, $45 for cheap impact from Harbor Freight and 4 cups of coffee and it was done
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upper and lower ball joint both side
Amount: $500.00
Posted by: xabi in Toronto, ON, Other.Posted: June 19th, 2014 12:06PM
Not sure if that's cheap
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replaced upper and lower ball joints, drivers side. replaced cv axles and wheel hubs, both sides in my 2004 s10
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: richard b in murray, UT.Posted: June 12th, 2014 01:06AM
Shop: my apartment parking lot
All you need is a Jack and stands, big axle socket, basic tools and a ball peen hammer, combined with common sense all was done in a day
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Replaced upper and two lower balljoints on both sides
Amount: $317.00
Posted by: RichG. in Maryland Heights, MO.Posted: May 18th, 2014 10:05PM
Shop: None, driveway.
Lowers were difficult. Had to drop subframe a couple inches to remove a couple bolts. Use a long breaker bar is the only way to break the nuts loose. Parts bought on EBAY. Make sure you get the correct nuts and bolts. The car was a 2009 Ford Fusion with 98xxx mi. Only 2 bushings were bad but replaced all of them because I only wanted to drop subframe once and not when snow was on the ground.
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Replaced ball joints top and bottom on both sides. Both control arms, inner and outer bearings on right side and front break pads both sides. Along with both sway bar links.
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: Douglas McCracken in Lubbock, TX.Posted: May 3rd, 2014 05:05AM
Car Make: 1998Car Model: Ford Ranger XLT
Shop: Private
Bought all the parts my self at Autozone. Cost me 240.00
Paid a private mechanic that had a shop at his home 150.00 bucks for labor. What a deal!!!!
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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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  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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