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I just put new tires on my kids jeep patriot. The tire store told me I needed new ball joints. It a 2011 and has 40,000 mile on it. I did not have the work done. How can you tell if the ball joints are bad. No noise from the front end or uneven tire wear. What do I look for.

 

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Put car on lift or jack stands, and grab the tire at the 9 and 3 o'clock position. Jostle the tire up, down, in/out, side to side: any wobble or give? If so, then the ball joints are bad.

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If they are bad and you only have 40k on it you might want to see if there is a TSB issued on it by Chrysler. If so they don't have to cover the expense at the dealer but if you make a big stink they usually will.

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Its a Chrysler product, they most likely went bad at around 20K miles :D

 

I know my Fathers 2002 Jeep liberty had 3 recalls on ball joints, and my sisters 2011 wrangler also recently had a recall and they replaced the lower control arms for her.

 

here are the Recalls and Ball joints are not on the list http://www.cars.com/recalls/jeep/patriot/2011/

and here are the TSB (technical service bulletins) for the car http://www.jeepproblems.com/tsbs/Patriot/2011/

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