Date registered: Feb 2012
Vehicle: 1999 ML430 , 1984 Porsche 944, 1974 VW Karmann Ghia
Location: Middle TN
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If you can afford it, try to replace all 4 lower ball joints and upper a-arms w/ bushings, torsion bar bushings, & sway bar bushings front and rear. Itll cost more in parts but not much more labor if done as a complete job. If you only change the bottom lower joints, say, in the front, then the worn components will strain the new causing premature failure, maybe only last months. Plus you want renewed handling and confidence as a new truck would give, not just a fast repair to keep the wheel from falling off. Itll save big money and many, many headaches in the future if you do it right the first time. You will find all components, once pulled and in your hand, have obvious wear and in need of replacement. These components are wear items and should be expected to be replaced every 80 to 100000 miles (if you want to maintain the new ride and handling quality) Then do all the driving you want confidently with peace of mind that you aren't going to hit the guy next to you when you hit that nasty rut the tractor trailer rig left for you in your lane. Super flat cornering with nearly zero body roll at quick speeds.