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Hialeah, FL

Gun Control - Hialeah, FL

there are over a million hand guns out there, a ban would be a joke! So control them!  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #5)

Hialeah, FL

Offshore Drilling - Hialeah, FL

i voted to oppose, not support  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #1)

Hialeah, FL

Marijuana - Hialeah, FL

needs to be controlled, quality & price, drive the criminals out of the business but pay the growers a fair price, even if it needs to be subsidized@  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #10)

Hialeah, FL

Don't Ask Don't Tell - Hialeah, FL

the current regulation belongs to the dinosaur age  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #1)

Ford Explorer

Ball joint replacement cost

Well Ken, what "bad advice". Sure Chevy and Dodge have the same assembly profile, "save money". The lack of Zurk fittings cost in months of service that the ball-join, tie-rod end, or whatever, even U-joints will deliver. When purhcasing after-market parts for suspension you know that the better manufacturers include Zurk fittings on the part. Should the part not have zurk fittings they may be added by drilling a hole at the correct location and then tapping threads into which the Zurk fitting may be mounted. Why do parts stores sell these kits in the first place-their owners, who consult with safety and liability folks, understand the advantage of having Zurk fittings installed on drive line and some suspension parts. Older vehicles, post 1990 have Zurks at specific locations for the one purpose of extending that working part's life. End of subject. The main endeavor should be to maintain your vehicle in safe and secure working order. You can always improve on the OEM stuff - many of us have been doing that for decades, post WW2.  (Dec 18, 2010 | post #110)

Ford Explorer

Ball joint replacement cost

BAll Joints UPPER are sold as the entire control arm or the RH control arm extension-both versions have ball-joints incorporated in the Control arm. Visit www.suspensionpart s.com to identify your part, or go to www.rockauto.com, do the same there just to be certain that your parts are correct. A rattling crunching noise? no sense? Jack up the vehicle by placing jack carefully under the lower control arm out to the location of the lower ball-joint (but not on it). raise the vehicle slightly (after pulling off the tire and wheel). Then explore the lower and upper control arms by shaking the assembly-make certain the jack is solid with a safety support in place (such as a few block of timber or 4 x 4 shorts).You will find the source of the noise. The new control arms come complete with new bushings installed. the adjusting cams must be properly set follwing the installation of the ball-joints to align the front end geometry. I doubt that the new ball-joints have self destructed-perhaps the workmanship was not up to par? Wheel bearing do make a sort of crunch-crunch sound that increase in repetition as the vehicle gains speed...maybe that? Have a friend who knows about this work inspect the job for you. If the Lower ball-joints are shot they will make a chirping sound as the metal to metal complains. When on the jack, the assembly is neutral so by shaking it you should easily see where the source of the noise is. Don't drive excessively without getting this condition identified. Ball-joints are the four points of control for vehicle stability. If anyone of them fails and detaches from its mount you will loose control of your vehicle's direction.  (Nov 8, 2010 | post #107)