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Old 08-27-2019, 07:50 PM   #1
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Spartan ball joint work in Albuquerque, NM?

We had our annual service done on our Cummins engine at Cummins in Albuquerque, NM. They said we needed to have the ball joints worked on. Unfortunately, they aren't equipped for that kind of work. They recommended a reputable outfit in Santa Fe. However, the Santa Fe lot don't do alignment. We can get that done back in Albuquerque.



Obviously, we're weary of driving back from Santa Fe with wheels that haven't been aligned, and risking our tires.


We're also hesitant about going to just any truck mechanics if they don't have the right tools to work on Spartan chassis ball joints - seen too many horror stories of sledge hammers used on the ball joints and damaging the arms.


Do you have any recommendations?
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Did they say why they thought the ball joints needed replacement? It's not a cheap job.
$2K+ is what most say. There is a thread discussing this in the Spartan forum.

I just added grease fittings to the old joints. Maybe this will work for you as well. If the joint isn't loose already.
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They didn't say for sure the ball joints need replacing. But the boots are completely gone and we don't know how long it's been that way.
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:38 AM   #4
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Ideally the tech would have tested the ball joints for wear. If it's just the boot, then I would add the grease joints. At some point I or other will figure out a boot replacement plan. I just don't have the time right now to dig in but am happy I can just pump some new grease in likity split to keep it lubed.
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Old 08-28-2019, 12:56 PM   #5
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"vavroom".....Changing the ball joints shouldn't change your alignment drastically, unless it was aligned with the ball joints out of whack.

I've done the alignment on my 2014 DS and checked the alignment on my 2019 DS (Toe in and Toe out only - the biggest cause of tire wear).

It's pretty simple to set the Toe in and Toe out on a large motor home. The ball joint shop can do it to get you on the road. It's a simple measurement with a tape measure. You measure from tread to tread at the center line of the tire at the front and at the back. The front should be about a 1/4" less than the rear. When I do mine, I clamp a piece of square tubing, (3/4") about 40" long, horizontally to both front tires and check the distance as described above...….measure from inside of square tubing to inside of square tubing.
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