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    Thumbs down Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    I was driving to class tonight and my rear left upper ball joint popped out of the control arm. Luckily I wasn't going very fast, but I assure you it wasn't pretty.
    We managed to wedge a piece of firewood in there to hold the wheel straight while I drove it to the shop. The last thing I wanted was to have to throw more new parts on this old car before I sell it.
    Anyone got an idea on pricing for the rear UCA's?
    here's a pic of the damage.



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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    Is your rear UCA original one? then you are pretty lucky. The left-side rear ball joint pop out is really common for 3Gs at 10~12 year mark. I am surprised that it has lasted this long. It's not an expensive part ($20~$50), and should not cost a lot to replace (if you don't want to DIY).

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    Check my website. I have them priced as a pair, but I can send just one if you want.
    Best Price on Clutch Repair in the Tri-Valley

    http://www.trivalleyclutch.com/3gparts

    OEM quality parts for your 3Gee

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    Quote Originally Posted by visionguru
    Is your rear UCA original one? then you are pretty lucky.
    by the looks of it, it was the original... ball joint was just covered in rust
    and thanks cardoc33, but i need to get my car back on the road today, price of your kit looks good, i would do that if i was able to wait a week for shipping.

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    Quote Originally Posted by cardoc33
    Check my website. I have them priced as a pair, but I can send just one if you want.

    Is that $60 for bolth of them or for each side?
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    $19.95 each is what i paid

    i just replaced mine. i picked them up after winning them on ebay , i paid 20 bucks each. the placed is called b&b auto parts in the bronx ny but the guy just puts them up as a buy it now for 19.95 one at a time. they are verky easy to install, you can have my old one free if you need a quick repair job but the ball joint is very loose. ever since changing mine my car doesnt shake when braking anymore, just an added bonus.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/86-89...12975249QQrdZ1

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    Re: $19.95 each is what i paid

    i picked up a new one for a good price at lordco, i'll throw it on tonight.. i'll have to check out the condition of the one on the other side. i guess it wasn't such a bad time for it to go, i need to throw on my winter wheels now anyways.

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    Thanks for the info lamontlamont, and for the post, jonrichert. I just got shipping noticfication from B & B after doing the ebay thing. $40 shipped. Can beat that. I noticed mine were in horrible shape and I wondered what would happen until I read this thread. Now I know, lol ...and I don't wanna experience that. It seems very unstable since the bushing is mostly rot and the bolt just moves around in there. I requested a checklist in another post about the car "wandering" at speed, 70 or so, and I think this is a big reason. I mean if there's 1/2-3/4 of an inch of play... go figure. This translates to instability, esp at speed.

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    yeah, i ended up doing both sides, and everything in the car feels much tighter. I even noticed a difference in how the clutch and brakes feel when driving.
    -just shows how sloppy they really were.

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    Re: Rear upper ball joint popped out while driving -> pic inside

    The same thing just happened to me on the way to work I was doing about 75 and it tore the shit out of the back tire

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