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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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ball joint and stabilizer links

I bought new tires this weekend, and was dismayed when the tech showed me that the lower ball joint was worn out on the left front side. He grabbed the knuckle while it was on the lift, and there was about 1/8" of play in it. The front stabilizer links were worn out too. Are these things problematic? I guess that explains the clunking I heard going over bumps, although I couldn't pinpoint it while it was in my driveway. I had to replace the rear stabilizer links on my Saturn when they froze up and were making noise going around corners, but I've never had a ball joint fail.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2015, 12:42 PM
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Re: ball joint and stabilizer links

have not seen many ball joint issues on here.

how many miles on your Trav?

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Just rolled up 123,500. I bought it at 99,000, so I'm not sure how many large bumps the previous owner had.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 09:37 AM
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Re: ball joint and stabilizer links

Yeah I had an '03 Blazer years ago and used to take the speed bumps at work way too fast. 38K miles upon inspection the mechanic said the ball joints already have play and will need to be replaced within a year. Of course the S-trucks were known for that anyway.

As far as the endlinks they tend to corrode and snap after a few years in the rust belt areas. They're cheap and easy to replace on your own, get stainless with poly bushings and they'll never rot again. Maybe stiffen up the handling just a hair

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-07-2016, 10:49 AM
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Re: ball joint and stabilizer links

While working on my rear brakes. I found I need to replace my rear stabilizer links. Completely broken. Had no idea. I've read that it isn't hard to do. Are there specific torque settings for these? Any parts that anyone would recommend (or not) I've seen parts available on rockauto and they are cheap. Thanks.
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Re: ball joint and stabilizer links

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While working on my rear brakes. I found I need to replace my rear stabilizer links. Completely broken. Had no idea. I've read that it isn't hard to do. Are there specific torque settings for these? Any parts that anyone would recommend (or not) I've seen parts available on rockauto and they are cheap. Thanks.
When available, I buy Moog. They have been heavier duty than stock in my experience.

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2015 traverse ball joint just fell apart on freeway causing car to slam into soundwall
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-13-2019, 11:47 AM
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how the heck does that happen?


nut backed off?
or it rust through?

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Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

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2010 Traverse 3.6L- 148,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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