Replacement of Upper Control Arm and Lower Ball Joints on Chevrolet Suburban 1500

Average mileage: 90,600 (70,000–142,000)
2 model years affected: 2007, 2008
7 people reported this problem
4 people shared problem details
I had terrible wear on the tires at a recent inspection--Flat spots in several places. GM told me my control arms were worn out. Really, let's see, I had the oil consumption problem (they replaced pistons and rings), electrical problem (been through four batteries now) and a rough idle since I bought this vehicle new with 500 miles (dealer must have beaten it up a bit). Now I'll have to replace the arms and ball joints, get new tires, and an alignment....this 2007 LTZ is really a lemon.
Dealer says I need to replace upper and lower ball joints plus control arm and tie rod. With alignment it cost 1341.00. This is the first repair on this vehicle since new other than regular maintenance items.
Both upper control arms needed to be replaced due to excessive wear. After the oil consumption fiasco, I'm pretty much done with this vehicle.
Had to replace due to excess wear. Suburban not driven hard - these failed prematurely. In addition, repair by replacing just ball joints made 3 times more expensive due to GM design. The upper control arms had to be replaced making the parts very expensive and the labor 3 times more than normal.
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