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recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? #4595659
12/06/17 05:15 AM
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Hello all -

'97 Mazda MPV, 2WD (RWD), 335K km (> 200K miles)

Broken & separated ball joint on passenger side!

I'm looking for advice on what's a good replacement part (balancing availability, quality, and price).

NAPA locally has only the part for the 4WD, which is quite a bit different.

On-line choices (in every case, LCA w/ ball joint):

Beck-Arnley 102-4528 $103.84

Dorman 520-830 $103.68

Mevotek GK9651 $61.53

Mevotek CMK9651 $129.46

All prices are in C$.

Thoughts on any of the above? I do prefer to buy CAN/US/1st-world-manufactured parts when possible.

Thanks in advance!

Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4595666
12/06/17 05:22 AM
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Look at Moog, they will probably be reboxed 555 which is Sankei.


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Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4595677
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Do you need to repair it right away? I would check rockauto if you can wait. We get ripped off with prices for those small parts.


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Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: JC1] #4595753
12/06/17 07:48 AM
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It looks like a lower front control arm, with the ball joint included, is all that RockAuto can do for you, too. A Beck-Arnley control arm, in "daily driver" quality, is $58 (U.S.) RockAuto Mazda MPV Control Arm and it's another $15 (U.S.) to get to Winnepeg in a week or so, if you can make-do without the vehicle for that long.

Last edited by khittner; 12/06/17 07:50 AM.
Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4595803
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Did you try www.oscaroparts.com? It has many ball joint replacements listed for your vehicle with decent photographs. I've always found its prices to be good.


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Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4596031
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Moog in Problem Solver series - you'll get a 555 Sankei as Trav mentioned. Otherwise, I'd look for OEM.

Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4596091
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Those are all made in china/turkey/czech so unless you go OEM, which would probably be Japan, I don't know of any USA made ones. JTC1566 is the TRW replacement, that might have a better chance of higher quality manufacturing.

Last edited by Audios; 12/06/17 12:40 PM.

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Re: recommendation on ball joints for an old Mazda? [Re: Number_35] #4596149
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I'd stay away from Dorman and Mevotek if it is going into a car to be kept for long. B&A may be a hit or miss but I'd not want to ship something so heavy back.

Moog problem solver would be your best bet other than OEM.


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