I have a 2008 Ram 3500
4x4 Quad Cab with the 6.7-liter Cummins. The front end was getting sloppy and would shake on the highway, so I brought it to a shop to be aligned and have the wheels balanced. They told me all four ball joints were bad, and parts alone would be about $700. I found ball joints online for much less and decided to put them in myself. Is there a right way to do it?
Answer: If you've never installed ball joints before, and have no previous heavy truck repair experience, there may be no "right way" to do it. This is a heavy-duty one-ton. The front-end parts are big, clumsy, and hard to work with. Of course, technicians who do this for a living have it down pat. But it can be a nightmare job for a first-timer. Going by the book requires removal of the steering knuckle and axle shaft, and the use of special removal/installation tools to press the joints in and out. The pros may have a few workarounds, like not removing the knuckle and installing the joints on the truck. Again, it's not a good idea to do this with little or no experience. Get quality aftermarket parts online (Moog is a good choice), but have a technician perform the repair, followed by a wheel alignment. This way you can save some money, and avoid the aggravation.
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