Upper Ball Joint Failure on Dodge Dakota

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The upper ball joints may fail due to moisture damage. Our technicians tell us 2000-2001 models were recalled for this issue. For more information on this recall, please click here»

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 121,440 (42,000–232,056)
Suspension & Steering affected: 4WD
5 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2005
25 people reported this problem
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Upper ball joints bad. 2003 Dodge Dakota.
paid for replacement before finding out it was a recall item.
Shop said both front upper and lower ball joints need replacing.
Bad upper ball joints
upper and lower ball joints are dangerously bad, according to my mechanic, on my 2001 dodge dakota
Not only did my uppers go I have to rebuild my whole front end uppers, lowers, tie rods, rack
While turn sharp backing up then moving forward...... you hear a big hard crunch
Clunking noise heard and felt from drivers side front end when turning to the right. Upon inspection the upper and lower ball joints were leaking grease
I have replace the ball joints in my truck 4 times, along with the sway bar twice and upper and lower bushings. Granted I have 252,000 miles on my truck.
UPPER BALL JOINTS ALREADY REPLACED 85K, NOW LOOKS LIKE BOTH LOWER & WHO KNOWS WHAT ELSE...
Both upper ball joints with the control arm bushings are worn out and cause clunking when steering.

Front Stabilizer lower arms on both sides are bent in result of deficiencies. Suspension is far under-designed for a light truck or any truck!
Turning slowly in a parking lot and the drivers front wheel fell off the upper ball joint.
I've the the same Ball Joint on two different trucks go bad, the upper and lower, on both sides, Chrysler needs to recall