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So i took my '08 FD1 into the local dealership. I've been having a sound that appears in the front drivers side wheel well for every wheel rotation, the steering wheel creeks when turning at slow speeds, and it feels/sounds like i have a bad control arm/ball joints as well. I knew the stealership was going to charge an arm and a leg for all of this, but i wanted them to look at it since i figured they'd be familiar with the patriots quirks. Anyways, dropped it off this morning,and they called me back in about 2 hours

They said the creaking was due to the control arms (which i thought and was affraid of) and that the ball joints were very bad as well. I said i didn't want OEM ball joints installed since Jeep made such a crappy design that can't be greased or lubricated. I was told that no one makes a greasable ball joint. I then pointed out that MOOG does, and he said he's never heard of them. They said the price for replacing the upper/lower control arms and ball joints would be $746.00 plus tax. Then i was told that the pulsing in my wheels was due to bad brakes, and i was going to need new brake pads and to grind my rotors flat. The cost for all four wheels would be $423.90. This brings the total to $1169.90 Also said the noise was due to tires being bad....and i do not believe the noise was solely from that at all. I'm not getting tires quite yet.

So, i knew the pricing would be way more expensive at a dealership, but i couldn't imagine this much. I didn't give them the OK to do the work yet. I asked how much the labor would be if i bought the control arms and they installed them...only $288. If they grinded down all four rotors and i installed the brake pads (simple) only $192...which is a grand labor only total of $480....Much more reasonable.

Anyways, I wanted to see what evryone thought of these prices. To me, they seem EXTREMELY OVERPRICED! I'm looking at getting the parts myself, but where should i look for OEM Control Arms with ball joints. Any and all help is welcomed.
 

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Wow, yea those are high. If you can put the pads on, then you can also pop new rotors on. They are $38 each at advance auto and it's only two additional bolts to remove and install.

You're in the Philly area aren't you? If you want a hand I'd be happy to help. I'm out in the willow grove area. Shoot me a PM with a contact number and I can help you do the ball joints too.
 

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Do the brakes yourself, its easy. They want to scare you into thinking its hard. If you can read, you can install new rotors and pads and save yourself the $100/hour labor.
 
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