Suspension Ball Joint
Hover over the image to zoom in
Suspension Ball Joint Suspension Ball Joint Suspension Ball Joint
Share this:

Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint

Part No. DW-K8695T Warranty  

See if this part fits a specific vehicle.

Check Vehicle Fit

Driveworks chassis parts help to eliminate front-end vibration, shimmy and unsafe handling. Driveworks chassis parts meet OE specifications, help ensure improved steering response and reduce tire wear.

Product Features:
  • Forged housing provides exceptional strength and durability
  • Oxidation film on the surface of the metal protects against corrosion
  • Phosphated ball stud provides a smooth, durable and wear-resistant surface to extend service life
  • Premium Polychloroprene rubber boots are fitted with grease relief valves to prevent contamination
Back To Top
Arm & Joint:No
Ball Joint Only:Yes
Castle Nut:Yes
Dust Seal:Yes
Location:Front Lower Ball Joint
Material:45#Steel:54=H 40Cr:39=H Others:7=H
Outside Diameter:44.6 mm
Replaceable Grease:Yes
Stem Thread Size:M16*1.5
Stem With Cotter Pin Hole:Yes

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
DriveworksSuspension Ball Joint
 
3.2

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Durable (14)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (5)
  • Incompatible (5)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Trucks (22)
  • Large cars (4)
  • Small cars (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Auto enthusiast (5), Casual driver (4), Truck enthusiast (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Mechanic (12), Auto enthusiast (8), Casual driver (8), Truck enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (26)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great fit!

The lower ball joint was a good fit. This was a concern as reviews indicated the pricy Moog brand was much better. Installation is easy provided one takes patience, lubrication, and ease.

The lower ball joint was a good fit. This was a concern as reviews indicated the pricy Moog brand was much better. Installation is easy provided one takes patience, lubrication, and ease.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

No, no, no

These ball joint are so poorly made for their application it's ridiculous. The boot is too short and when the joint pivots the boot slides off it's seat and this will let the elements...Read complete review

These ball joint are so poorly made for their application it's ridiculous. The boot is too short and when the joint pivots the boot slides off it's seat and this will let the elements in (no they don't snap in place). If they were longer (like they should be) the steering knuckle would hold the boot in place. I should have spent the money on a better joint. Don't make the same mistake I did.

Reviewed by 38 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
1.0

Please don't buy these.

By 2000 Ford Ranger Owner

from Columbus Grove, Ohio

About Me Casual Driver

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

        The boot tore when I was trying to install it. Tried to get a replacement but not available. Read other reviews and other people had the same problem. What a waste of time and money. Purchased Moog joints.

        Comment on this review(earn points)

        (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good fit but boot issues

        By Al

        from Sayreville

        Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

        Good fit but as others have stated, its tough to get the boot to seat. I used a bushing from the ball joint press kit to tap the boot on the seat. On both ball joints, this caused a small rip in the boot. Some state that the boot should not seat all the way but I'm not buying that. Nice that it had provisions for grease fittings though. Aside from the boot issues it was a good fit.

        Comment on this review(earn points)

        (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great fit!

        By Ray

        from Groveland Florida USA

        About Me Truck Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer
        Level 2

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Trucks

          Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

          The lower ball joint was a good fit. This was a concern as reviews indicated the pricy Moog brand was much better. Installation is easy provided one takes patience, lubrication, and ease.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review(earn points)

          (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this again

          By Rjay

          from Mechanicsille Virginia

          About Me Mechanic

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer
          Level 3

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Fit

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Trucks

          Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

          Part fit well and worked as a it should!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review(earn points)

          (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          JUNK Ball joints

          By Howard Ranger

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Mechanic

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy

            Best Uses

              Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

              These ball joints are junk. One of them only lasted 24000 miles and has already went out costing me $200 to get someone else to replace. I greased them every time I changed the oil and they still only lasted 2 years. Now I have to deal with replacing the other one still on the truck. Big headache considering how hard they are to replace.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review(earn points)

              (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              dont buy it

              By o

              from indiana

              About Me Mechanic

              Pros

                Cons

                • Incompatible

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

                  Bought 2 for sable...Went out with in first 2000 miles. not worth anything

                  Comment on this review(earn points)

                  (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  it was okay

                  By robbie

                  from olive branch,ms

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 2

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy

                  Best Uses

                  • Trucks

                  Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

                  it was hard to put in and i hope it holds up

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review(earn points)

                  (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Watch Out for the Boot

                  By Ted the Runner

                  from Concord, NC

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Backyard Mechanic, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 3

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • No instructions

                  Best Uses

                  • SUVs
                  • Trucks

                  Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

                  These ball joints fit well. My only issue was that it wan unclear how the boot was supposed to fit. I thought it had to be pushed all the way on to work. I could not get it to seat (there is a stiff metal wire inside the perimeter of the top of the boot that prevents it from stretching enough). I actually ended up breaking the wire and partially ripping the edge of the boot trying to get it on. I then went to the store where I purchased them and asked how they were supposed to work. They tried all of the same things I had to get the boot on the other one with no success. They then called an "expert" mechanic that they knew and he said they don't go all the way on you just leave them loose. This didn't seem right to me, but that is what I ended up doing on both. In my opinion, even once things are all tightened up this leaves an opening for water/dirt to contaminate the ball joint assembly.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review(earn points)

                  (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A ball joint is a ball joint

                  By Alky

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer
                  Level 3

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Cars
                    • Small Cars
                    • Trucks

                    Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

                    I purchased two of these to replace the lower ball joints on the left and right side of my Ford Explorer. They look identical to the more expensive Moog branded parts. Even the part number on the Driveworks box these came in identifies Moog in the product code.

                    The install was easy using a ball joint press. The parts made a noticeable difference in the handling of my truck. The price was cheaper than buying a name brand part that is exactly the same. I'm sure they'll wear out eventually as the ball joints on all Ford trucks and SUVs do, so no need to spend more.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review(earn points)

                    (7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Nope...

                    By the better ball joint

                    from advanced auto parts

                    About Me Truck Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Nothing

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy
                    • Incompatible

                    Best Uses

                    • Trucks

                    Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

                    As others have mentioned...This product DOES NOT fit correctly. Don't waste your time. Buy the Moog

                    Comment on this review(earn points)

                    Displaying reviews 1-10

                    Back to top

                    Previous | Next »

                    Do you have questions about this product?(earn points for answers!)

                     

                    Ask a question, get answers from real customers and in-house experts. Or contact Customer Care by email or call 1-877-238-2623.

                    10 Questions | 12 Answers
                    Displaying questions 1-10
                    • Q:

                      Does this require grease immediately after installation?
                      Asked on 11/20/2014 by 987987 from Williamsburg, VA

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Hi, it's actually a good question! Yes, this should be greased when installed and then at regular intervals. Oil changes are a perfect time to do this.

                        Answered on 11/21/2014 by Solomon
                    • Q:

                      What is the difference between this ball joint and the oversized ball joint (part no. DW-K8695T006)? Will they both work with my 97 F150 4x4 4.6L?
                      Asked on 9/6/2014 by Josh

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        I'm glad to assist, Josh! This Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint (Part No. DW-K8695T) will fit your 1997 Ford F-150 4x4 4.6L V8. This ball joint is standard sized and will work as long as your lower control arm has not become worn to the point that it allows play in the ball joint. The oversized ball joint, Part No. DW-K8695T006, is .006 oversized to fit into worn a lower control arm receptacle. This will also fit your vehicle.

                        To determine which ball joint is best you will need to measure the diameter of the hole your ball joint is in. The DW-K8695T006 ball joint is designed for use in control arms in which the control arm inside diameter (for the ball joint) measures 1.749 to 1.753 inches. Use of ball joint in a smaller hole may result in a tight socket and have a negative effect on steering returnability.

                        Use of ball joint (such as DW-K8695T) in a larger hole may cause loss of steering ability because the ball joint MAY COME LOOSE from the control arm.

                        Answered on 9/8/2014 by Heath, ASE Parts Specialist from AAP
                    • Q:

                      what is the difference between this ball joint and the oversized one?
                      Asked on 3/4/2014 by shaun

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Hi Shaun! To assist you further on the exact differences between the ball joints, please provide the part number of the another ball joint you are referring to.

                        Answered on 3/4/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Will this need to pressed into the lower control arm or does it just slide in and held by the retaining ring? 2001 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 V6 NON flex fuel "E" is the engin code
                      Asked on 1/23/2013 by jam from Greenville SC

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Instructions: Preparing the Explorer: 1. Place a jack under the Explorer and raise it up. 2. Use a wheel-wrench to remove the nuts from the Explorer's wheel. 3. Remove the wheel from the Explorer. 4. Place a supporting device such as a floor jack underneath the control arm of the Explorer. Accessing the Ball Joints: 1. Remove the brake caliper's two mounting bolts with a socket wrench. Disconnect the brake caliper's electrical connector and remove it from the Explorer. 2. Remove the Explorer's brake disc by pulling it off. 3. Remove the brake disc splash cover by uninstalling its two securing bolts. 4. Use a slotted screwdriver to pry off the Explorer's tie-rods from the control arm. Replacing the Lower Ball Joint: 1. Remove the cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint with a socket wrench. 2. Use a ball joint fork to pry out the lower ball joint. 3. Install the replacement lower ball joint and secure it by reinstalling the cotter pin and the nut. Replacing the Upper Ball Joint: 1. Drill out the four securing rivets from the upper ball joint with a drill. 2. Pull the upper ball joint off and install the replacement ball joint. 3. Secure the upper ball joint to the vehicle by installing the four bolt and nut assemblies that came with the replacement upper ball joint. Reassembly: 1. Reattach the tie-rods and the brake disc splash cover. 2. Reinstall the brake disc and reconnect the brake caliper's electrical connector. Mount the brake caliper back to the underside of the Explorer. 3. Reattach the wheel and its accompanying nuts. 4. Remove the floor jack from the lower control arm. Lower the Explorer to ground level. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                        Answered on 1/24/2013 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Is this product for a 4 wheel drive expedition
                      Asked on 12/29/2012 by frozentundra from ND

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, this Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint part# DW-K8695T is compatible with 4 wheel drive expedition. For further assistance, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                        Answered on 12/30/2012 by Rick from AAP
                    • Q:

                      i have a 99 ford ranger 2wd that need all ball joints replaced.this sight has just balljoints only that say exact fit for my truck, however, haynes manual says must replace upper and lower control arms. i'm a little confused.. have already ordered just balljoints. Help!
                      Asked on 11/14/2012 by doityourselfer from morgantown, ky

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        With reference to your inquiry on Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint - Part No. DW-K8695T, the control arm is a lasting product and hence there is no harm in replacing the ball joints alone. Replacing a set of ball joints requires separating the control arms from the steering knuckles, a job which can be difficult depending on the design and age of the vehicle. This is the reason most stores/manuals recommend the control arm replacement instead of the ball joint. For any further assistance please feel free to call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto store and one of our representatives will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 11/15/2012 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                    • Q:

                      i have the manuel for this truck, it states that i must replace the whole lower control arme assembly. can i just get the lower ball joint and do this replacement myself?
                      Asked on 11/22/2011 by bird/swamp thing from jacksonville, FL.

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, its a bit challenge to replace the ball joint however its worth saving money.

                        Answered on 11/22/2011 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                    • Q:

                      It is saying that this fits the Lower and Upper Ball Joints for my 95' Explorer 4x4, Does it really fit both locations?
                      Asked on 10/25/2011 by Stew from Council Bluffs, Ia

                      2 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, this part fits your 1995 Ford Explorer. This is a lower ball joint.

                        Answered on 10/26/2011 by Vincent from AAP
                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, this part fits your 1995 Ford Explorer.
                        This part is for front lower side.

                        Answered on 10/26/2011 by Aaron from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Why does this part not show the cotter pin or rubber boot like the other lower ball joints. Does this part work in the same way that this part: http://tinyurl.com/3nd7lle does?
                      Asked on 5/12/2011 by Brandon from Sioux Falls, SD

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, it works same as the other one. Images are generic. We need your vehicle info to get you the exact fitment of this item.

                        Answered on 7/8/2011 by DIY Daniel from AAP
                    • Q:

                      are these grease able?
                      Asked on 3/4/2011 by Anonymous

                      2 answers

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes, it is grease able.

                        Answered on 3/10/2011 by Parts Guru Geo from AAP
                      • A:

                        yes the fitting is included

                        Answered on 10/23/2011 by tommy two tone from durham, nc
                    Displaying questions 1-10

                    Do you have a question about this product? 

                    Create or view your online garage

                    Check out the specials in our monthly flyer

                     
                     
                    Disclaimer We strive to keep all information accurate and up-to-date; however, product availability, pricing, promotions and store hours are subject to change without notice. Please contact Customer Care if you have any questions or corrections.