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2001 chrysler sebring ball joint (boot) repair

I have an '01 Sebring with a front end squeak (not a belt). Took it to a Chrysler dealership and they said the boot on the ball joint was cracked & needed replacing.

Question: Can this be done at home with a standard set of tools? If so, I need step-by-step instructions. Just trying to save a few bucks in this down economy.

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I do not believe that the balljoint is causing the squeak. Take your car to an independent mechanic that you trust. dealerships are notorius for mis-diagnosing (it begins with the intake person describing the problem wrong).

More than likely, the squeak is coming from a worn rubber bushing or mount. Check the exhast pipe hangers for worn rubber. Also check the anti-sway bar bushings and the motor mounts. You should be able to replace these with ordinary tools (assuming you have safe access to the botom of the car - i.e. jack stands). Also check the control arm bushings (these would require an expert, or a pro to replace).

If the balljoint boot is cracked, you can prolong the ball joint life by keeping it well greased. If grease is oozing out the crack, then the balljoint is protected. Replacing the balljoint boot requires separating the wheel spindle from the control arm and can be very dangerous because of the strut spring. This should be left to the expert, or professional mechanic. Also, if the ball joint is squeaking, it needs to be replaced.

If you still want to tackle this yourself, buy a Chilton or similar book (under $10) specifically for your car. They have good instructions and diagrams.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

  • rjm60 Nov 22, 2012

    Recap - Sebring lower ball joints are not replaceable - the whole control arm must be replaced. Also, the ball joint boot, or dust cover, is not available separately - you have to buy the whole control arm. Most likely, Chrysler does this because as soon as the dust cover is deteriorated to the point of needing replacement, the ball joint has already become contaminated and should be replaced. I disagree with this; if the ball joint is still well greased, it's probably good. Worst case scenario, the ball joint wears out. We should have the option of replacing the dust cover only.

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