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Mercedes-Benz S500 Suspension Ball Joint Replacement Cost

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Suspension Ball Joint Replacement
The average cost for a Mercedes-Benz S500 suspension ball joint replacement is between $273 and $435. Labor costs are estimated between $202 and $256 while parts are priced between $71 and $179. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.

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Suspension Ball Joint Replacement

What is a ball joint?

Ball joints are part of the suspension system, and consist of a ball and socket that's encased in a lubricant-filled rubber boot. They link the steering knuckle (which supports the wheel hub, bearing and wheel) to the lower and upper control arms. They also allow the suspension to move freely up and down and aid in steering the vehicle

What are the symptoms related to a bad ball joint?

A "clunk" or "knock" when turning or going over bumps can indicate a problem with a ball joint. The sensation is often felt in the floorboard.

A repair technician may notice if a ball joint is leaking lubricant from a worn or torn boot during an inspection or a related repair. Excessive wear on the inside or outside edges of the front tires can sometimes indicate problems with the ball joints, as well.

Can I drive with a ball joint problem?

A vehicle with a significantly worn ball joint should not be driven. If the ball joint fails completely, the control arm can detach from the steering knuckle, meaning you will lose control of the car. 

A car with a ball joint that is just starting to wear out can be driven, but as the wear increases, so do the chances of premature tire wear and poor handling. If you suspect that a ball joint is beginning to wear, have a technician evaluate the problem as soon as possible.

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How often do ball joints need to be replaced?

There is no set replacement schedule for ball joints, though most vehicles will need to have them changed at some point. Most ball joints will last for 100,000 miles or more. Rough driving habits may shorten the life of these parts.

How are ball joint issues diagnosed?

To diagnose a worn ball joint, a shop will raise the vehicle on a hoist and then grasp the tire at the top and bottom and rock the wheel back and forth. A worn ball joint will present a clunking sound or sensation when this test is performed.

The technician will also look for a torn or leaking boot on the ball joint. A worn ball joint may also be suspected if the tires are showing signs of unusual wear on the inside or outside edges.

Suspension Ball Joint Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for a Suspension Ball Joint Replacement is between $273 and $435 but can vary from car to car.

How is a ball joint replaced?

To replace a ball joint, with the car lifted, the technician will first remove the front wheel. Then, the ball joint is disconnected from the control arm and the steering knuckle, the suspension is separated to allow the ball joint to come free, and the new part is installed.

Some vehicles require that the steering knuckle be disconnected from the strut in order to get to the retaining nut on one side of the ball joint. Either way, the tension between components in the suspension may make this process difficult.

RepairPal recommendations for ball joint issues

RepairPal recommends getting a four-wheel alignment after the ball joint has been replaced. If the tires show signs of significant wear, new tires would also be a good idea.

What to look out for when dealing with ball joint issues

The front suspension components often have a good deal of tension between them. This could make separating the steering knuckle and the control arm from the ball joint difficult.

A ball joint with tapered studs is sometimes difficult to remove from its mounts in the steering knuckle or control arm. Also, the vehicle needs to be safely raised and supported in order to complete this repair.

Can I replace a ball joint myself?

On most vehicles, replacement of a ball joint is an intermediate DIY repair. Care needs to be exercised when lifting and supporting the vehicle to prevent serious injury.

If you're not comfortable with lifting a vehicle, or with working on parts under tension, have the job done by a professional mechanic.