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Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint

Part No. DW-K8695T Warranty  
$29.99
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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
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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

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DriveworksSuspension Ball Joint
 
3.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Durable (12)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)
  • Incompatible (4)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Trucks (20)
  • Large cars (4)
  • Small cars (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Auto enthusiast (5), Casual driver (4), Truck enthusiast (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Mechanic (9), Auto enthusiast (8), Casual driver (7), Truck enthusiast (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (23)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A ball joint is a 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...Read complete review

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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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  • No

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4.0

A ball joint is a ball joint

By Alky

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Auto Enthusiast

Verified Buyer
Level 2

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

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    (1 of 1 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

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    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ball Joint

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

          Fit OK

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          • No

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          (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not the right part

          By NotanotherBallJoint

          from Iron Mountain, MI

          Verified Buyer
          Helpful Reviewer

          Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

          Even though this said it was an exact fit for my F250 - It was to long! This would have been the correct part of the Super Duty but I have the Light Duty 250 that was only made in 97-99.

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          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ball joint

          By kongkongman

          from Franklin tn 37064

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

          Verified Buyer
          Level 2

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Trucks

            Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

            Great stuff

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Good stuff

            By N/A

            from Free Soil

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer
            Level 2

            Pros

            • Durable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Trucks

            Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

            Good stuff

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Will not work on 95 Explorer

            By Final

            from Indiana

            About Me Auto Enthusiast, Truck Enthusiast

            Level 3

            Pros

            • None Due To Not Fitting

            Cons

            • Incompatible

            Best Uses

            • May Fit Other Fords

            Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

            Got 2 of these because i just replaced the top ball joints. I have a 95 Explorer it was supposed to be a perfect fit sadly it was not! Both ball joints were too long for my 95 Explorer. After i installed them they stuck out too far grinding against my rims. I tried everything to make sure it was not something else causing it then i put the old ones back on and no problems at all. May fit other Ford models but not a 95 Explorer 4 wheel drive.

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            • No

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            (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            to early to tell

            By Rotor

            from Newhampshire

            About Me Auto Enthusiast, Mechanic

            Verified Buyer
            3 or more reviews submitted

            Pros

            • Easy to install
            • Price Point Is Good

            Cons

            • Time will tell

            Best Uses

            • Large Cars
            • Small Cars

            Comments about Driveworks Suspension Ball Joint:

            not sure how these will hold up to heavy use
            will have to get a few thousand miles on them first

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            • No

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            • 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
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