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I went in for a front end alignment today and the shop told me i have a bad bal joint and my caliper is leaking brake fluid. How hard is it to replace a ball joint on your own and how much is the part ? ALso how hard is it to take apart the claiper??
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well since my smack with the curb ive taken off the whole left front end, its fairly easy to take out, 3 bolts on the bottom hold it on and one that goes through the knuckle.....i dont remember all the sizes.
BALL JOINT LH
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$22.88
BALL JOINT RH
Right VWW062095
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$24.16
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on the caliper, not really sure on that one but they have them on the site also...or now you can upgrade to a bigger caliper
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does some one think they can hook me up with a diy of those from some were or at detailed discrption of how to chnge the ball joint thanks
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I can get you TRW or Meyle (Germany) both are OEM

Rt Side
TRW $20.95 or Meyle $18.95

Lt Side
TRW $20.95 or Meyle $18.95

Ball joint is secured to the end of the trailing arm by 3 13mm bolts (look under controll arm end) and one nut at the bottom of the steering knuckle.

You will need a "picklefork" (Balljoint removal tool) to complete the removal of the old ball joint.
Lift car and loosen a few turns but do not remove the upper nut. Then use the Balljoint tool to break the balljoint stud loose from the steering knuckle. Mark the position of all three lower bolt heads (so you can get them back in the same place during re-assembly). And remove the three lower bolts. pull on the knuckle to pull the lower part of the ball joint out of the control arm. then take the nut off of the balljoint stud and remove the ball joint. Then the reverse for re-assembly.
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