Thanks for the help! I'll get under there and see what everything looks like. From what you guys are saying, it seems like it might be easier to replace the whole control arm than try to press the ball joint out. As I'm sort-of new to auto-repair, I want to make this as painless as possible.
My fear is that I take the car apart and then can't get it back together. Lol. Any other pics/vids that would be helpful to me would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, were my suspicions correct that $1200 for that repair was quite a high estimate?
I also wanted to get some opinions on brand. I'm aware that some brands are probably better than others, but the price difference seems to be wide and I'm not sure if it's necessarily worth it. The truck is basically a grocery-getter. It gets a decent amount of miles, but they're fairly easy miles. We live in the mid-atlantic, so it's not like it's going through great extremes in weather, and it's kept in a garage.
For the upper control arm I saw prices ranging from $41 - $88. I'm wondering if I'd be okay going with one of the lower priced ones. The brands I saw (in order of price) were
Dorman (two "grades" listed; $41 and $63)
Moog (two "grades" listed; $50 and $88)
I don't know much about this stuff, but I was thinking I should go for the lower-priced Moog. I think the main difference is that the higher priced one has the grease fitting and a castle nut with cotter pin. I think the lower priced one isn't greasable and has a normal nut (which I'd just use lock-tite on).
Last edited by KrouseA; 03-14-2015 at 10:42 AM.