2009 silverado upper ball joint questions

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  1. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    Had my truck inspected this week. Found that I need a upper ball joint. They want 425.00 to do it at the chevy dealer. Seems pretty expensive. Watched a video on it and looks doable for the average joe mechanic like my self. Should I pop it out or do I just get a upper controll arm? I've got 99,000 on truck and it 4x4.
     
  2. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    1500 or 2500HD?
     
  3. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    1500 reg cab
     
  4. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    The control arm assembly is only 20 bucks more per side vs just ball joints in a.c. delco. Labor time in the book is 2.1, I can do both in under an hour. You will need an alignment afterwards. Get the arms. Avoid the mevotech ones, I've had to warranty a few. I prefer Delco.
     
  5. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    And list on the Delco arm is only 187.82, they must be getting 100 for the alignment and 60ish an hour labor? Or no alignment and 100ish an hour labor.
     
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  6. 80sz

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    Thx for the help. They didn't mention a alignment. Price don't seem so bad now. Thx.
     
  7. Knuckle Dragger

    Knuckle Dragger Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    We've been directed to replace the control arms on the Tahoes.
    Run, don't walk from mevotech. We change the whole arm on the Tahoes with OE or Delco parts.
     
  8. Mike N

    Mike N Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    If the ball joint itself can be changed, do that. Unless your truck hasn't seen a bunch of salt (and I see you live in Buffalo) you may have a hard time getting the bolts that hold the control arm loose without a torch.
     
  9. 80sz

    80sz Veteran Member

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    Thx . I did take a look at the arm bolts ,they don't look bad. I want to skip the tool rental for the ball joint .
     
  10. SRGN

    SRGN Veteran Member

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    Unfortunately, this is 100% correct. I still don't understand how anyone thinks that saving a few bucks on a part that lasts half as long saves money. The labor cost to do it twice always exceeds the cost difference to get a quality part.
     

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