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Sanity Check - Ball Joint/U-Joint Replacement

Hi,

I have a lot of play in my right lower ball joint, with slight play in all of them, and a failed axle joint. The shop is proposing Napa replacement parts, total cost is about 1.2k for 2 upper, 2 lower, 2 ujoints, and about 1k in labour.

Does that sound about right?

Is there anything else I should get done since it is all torn apart?

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Buy your own parts and tell them to match that labor. Labor still seems a little high. They're likely proposing MOOG ball joints, which are not my favourite, but they're readily available (for much cheaper) on Rock Auto. The u-joints should be no more than 100 per side.


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The ball joints upper/lower are Napa's 2601579, 2601580, and the ujoints Ju479. Interior B.C so there doesn't seem to be a lot of choices.

The prices did seem high (double the price of the same part in the U.s) from what I could see so I went and check out the local napa shop and online and it is a similar cost. So I am stuck with either eBay or a different brand.

From what I have been able to find on the forums, it is either go higher end or much cheaper.

I have used them a few times and trust their work, and I don't have a press or place to do the work myself.

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I bought HD McQuay Norris BJ's from Ebay a couple years ago for my 06, they're the same ones UAP NAPA sells as their HD or premium BJ's, only PITA is you can't leave the lower zerk in place cuz it's right in the middle of the BJ and it would get hit by the axle U-joint so it's a PITA to grease it. Their standard ones have the zerk on the edge at an angle so you won't have the problem.
Hopefully they can get he hub bearing off in one place, I've heard it's not uncommon for them to need changing and they're not cheap, I got lucky with mine.
I used Spicer u-joints.
Those BJ's would be about $310 US on Ebay.
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Since you are in Kamloops I was gonna say "If you're in a bind you can come and use my shop/garage." But I don't have a press or ball joint driver. The offer stands if you got "easy/small" jobs to do.

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Look into EMF ball joints. Made in Canada. I installed a set a few months back. Very high quality. The spicer non-greasable u-joints run about $60 american. Do yourself a favor and pony up for quality stuff. You won't need to do ball joints again. You can pick up a set of ball joints and those u joints for under 1k canadian

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McQuay Norris (aka UAP NAPA premium) ARE "quality stuff", matter of fact they're what Carli used to recommend before he started making his own.
As for never having to do them again, unless you spring for the Carli BJ's I'm betting even the other quality parts are not going to last forever.

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