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Re: ball joints on s type jaguar 2002???
You can replace just the ball joint - but it will need pressing into place correctly.
look for professionally refurbed units which you can buy as an exchange with your old unit. - much easier to fit for Diy.
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i had the same problem on my s type i bought new ball joints form justjags and then had them pressed in at my local enginering works [not a job to try yourself] once they where pressed in it was a straight forward job done at home on the drive total cost £37 ball joint,£40 pressing charge total was £77 a side i was quoted £425 by local garage
Low on fluid in the pump, if it leaking from the steering rack then it needs replacement, If theres is a squeal then the belt is loose or the pump itself is bad. If you have a bad creaking noise then the ball joints need replacement, bad ball joints can lock up the steering but the worst it can do is drop the front of the frame to the ground and which could be very dangerous when driving..
The dealer's answer (if you are interested).......
The ball joint is pressed into the upper control arm and has a tapered stud for attachment to the steering knuckle. The ball joint stud is attached and locked into the steering knuckle using a special nut. The ball joint is a sealed-for-life type and requires no maintenance. If the ball joint is defective it will require replacement of the entire upper control arm.