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Old 03-04-2013, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Missing lower ball joint boot

The mechanic told me that the joint is still fine, but they want to replace the joint before there is a problem. I know that replacement CV boots start at $5, but I cannot find any ball joint boots for this car.

Ah, the ball joint is also called the tie rod end. http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=426038_0_0_



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Old 03-04-2013, 10:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can someone with an account on Instructables share this? This guy is a high school auto repair teacher and he suggested using fuel line hose, but I could not find any for less than the actual part!

Poor man's tie rod end (or ball joint) boot
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I've gotten ball joint boots from the dealer.
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I browsed a bit and couldn't find anything for Subaru ones.
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I do not know if any of you in this thread read my other one about my friend's car. I kind of felt that the participants grew tired of her and wandered away.

Sometimes I feel like doing the same.

Anyway, looking on Ford's site I found "Suspension Lower Ball Joint" for fifty or seventy-five dollars. I guess that I could order that and throw away everything but the boot, but I would rather take my chances with Autozone.

I guess that it depends on the car, though. A genuine Ford one would undoubtedly cost more, but I would still pay for it.
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Well the knot way to put a new boot on would be to take the joint apart, at that point you've already paid 75% of the labor cost, my opinion is do a new joint that has a boot. Just replaced both my front lowers for $30 a side part cost.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That is the argument with the CV joints, too, if you replace the boots\joints\whatever, you might as well replace the half axles.

Is "half shaft" a more correct term?

Since I would be purchasing the part and doing the labor for someone else, I think that I would just go for the Autozone kit, but I am really busy with school and she and I are not really talking now.

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