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I have a 2009 dodge caliber that needs lower ball joints the mechanic says i also have to replace the control arm because thats the way the car is made can you tell me if this is true thanks

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No it isn't

Go to any online parts site or Google the question

You will see all sorts of ball joints for your car & no
need to buy the entire control arm

Posted on Jan 01, 2013

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Your better off have it done bt a tech because you need a press to press them out and in. Also you will have a warranty witk the work. You want to be safe messing with your steering and suspension. I hope this helps.

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SOURCE: Six hours to replace '05 Dakota lower ball joints?

well when you get a estimate they go by a general book time that it should take they are usally over by an hour or so but not very far off. you could try your self and see how long it takes

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SOURCE: Upper and lower ball joint replacement

to remove the axles, remove brake caliper and disc, remove hub assembly, the center hub/axle nut and...(there are i think 3-4 bolts on the back side of the spindle to remove the hub), you may have to force the hub off the spindle with a hammer or air hammer... once the hub is out the axle should slide out of the front differential allowing access to the ball joint nuts for removal...

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SOURCE: How do I remove the lower ball joint from the

You'll need a joint puller (looks like a big tuning fork). Depending on how it's held on there, you may also need a ring puller, or you may just need to remove the arm and use an impact driver to pound it out. You may even need to replace the whole arm assembly. The uppers on my Tbird are like this.

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SOURCE: Ball joint replacement on 2007 Dodge Caliber R/T

ball joint and control arm are all one peice, not a fun or cheep task

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the lower ball joint is pressed into the lower control arm. You will need a ball joint press to remove and install the ball joint. The other option is to replace the lower control arm.

Some parts store will have presses for loan. You will have to check around and see if any in your area have these. If you can't find one you could always pull the control arm and bring it to a shop or machine shop and have them swap the ball joint.

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