- Feb 5, 2000
OK, I have a 2001 Ford Explorer 4x4 that I had a routine service on about 4000 miles ago. I was told I needed lower ball joints at a cost of about $500. Not really being a car guy, I asked what this meant. I was told that if I didn't get the repair it would mean excess wear on my tires. That was at over 75000 miles. I didn't get the ball joints replaced at that time because I figured I would wait until my tires were ready to be replaced. Now at nearly 80000 miles I'm planning on replacing my tires and am looking to have the ball joints fixed. When I mentioned this to someone they said I was an idiot because failing ball joints could cause major problems. My question is what exactly is the worse case scenario if the joints fail and what should I expect to pay for this repair. Does $5-600 sound right? I appreciate any insight at all into this because like I said I just don't know.