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: 128,234 (42,000–232,056)
Suspension & Steering affected: 4WD
5 model years affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, more2005
32 people reported this problem
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Shop said both front upper and lower ball joints need replacing.
Upper ball joints bad. 2003 Dodge Dakota.
paid for replacement before finding out it was a recall item.
Bad upper ball joints
Not only did my uppers go I have to rebuild my whole front end uppers, lowers, tie rods, rack
upper and lower ball joints are dangerously bad, according to my mechanic, on my 2001 dodge dakota
Went to get my tires aligned, guy at Firestone said all my front ball joints were in desperate need of replacement, haven't done it yet.
Steering difficulty too much play in steering loose feeling besides loud knock in fron and rear.
sounds each time you turn steering wheele.
Change ball joints twice once moisture gets in there noise and worn out again after change outer and inner tie rod ends .same problem
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.
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