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Ball Joint / Control Arm Survey

“I just replaced both A-arms with the $38 ones from FCP. Considering it only takes less than 30 minutes per arm to change, I don’t care if they only last 1-2 years.

Also, I’d like to hear from the group that has bought the cheaper version that their a-arms are still going strong after 2-5 years? You always hear about the failures but rarely do people comment when nothing goes bad.”

Control arm brand advice

turbotim2 » Mine went through two sets of OEM ball joints in about 120,000 miles. The second time was definitely the ball joint and not the bushings. I have had aftermarket control arms go through the bushings before the ball joint though it seemed close. I think the moral of the story is, the control arm design standards are poor.

mdempst_79 » I went with the Uro Parts control arms on my V70, and they lasted roughly 6 months before the balljoint boot rubbers started rotting, and then water took over killing the joint. Went and bought Volvo OEM arms, and I have not looked back.. 9 months later they still look like brand new.

Dont cheap out unless you are okay doing them again in less than a year. You get what you pay for with this kind of stuff.

Ball joint/control arm survey

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