Question about 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix
You may want to change the wheel bearings while you are in there because they are pretty easy and you will be half way to removing them while changing the shafts plus they are a common problem. The A arms or the lower control arms are the arms that the lower ball joints are mounted in. If you were to jack it up just inside the wheel you would be lifting it by the control arm. You should not need to replace this unless it was damaged you probably need the the bushings. Usually just the horizontal bushing the one in the front. It looks like a hockey puck It has a metal sleeve around it that the rubber seperates from. When you jack the car up by the subframe and let the wheels hang you will see the rubber seperating if it is bad. The rear ones almost never go bad. You may also want to replace the the sway bar links they are cheap and easy and are common for breaking. The lower ball joints will also have to be seperated to change the axle shaft so you may want to get new balljoints or definatley get new boots for the because they may get ripped while seperating. You may als want to do your brake pads and rotors while your in there. I will give you moog part numbers for all the chassis parts to help you identify when ordering by the way I work in Carquest parts store.
Ball joints K5331 $75 each
sway bar link K5342 $6 each
control arm bushing K6712 $20 each
National number for wheel bearings
513179 $165 each
I hope this helps please rate or let me know if i can help you further because i also work on all this stuff.
Posted on Dec 27, 2008
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