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    Richard
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    Default Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    I just had both front lower ball joints replaced on my wife's 2002 Santa
    Fe at 45,022 miles. One year ago at 37,000 miles both front lower ball
    joints were replaced. Both jobs were performed at the same dealership.
    Is it normal for ball joints to wear out after only 8,000 miles? This is
    my wife's car. She does not drive the car off-road. She loves this car
    and treats it well. I asked the service person if this is something that
    other Santa Fe owners are experiencing and was told that she does not
    know. And that maybe they were bad parts. Any similar experience in this
    group?

    Richard



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    K. Collier
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    I have a 2002 SF with 85+k and haven't had that problem at all.
    I would say you have something else out of whack, or else you are driving in
    some very odd conditions.

    Kevin


    "Richard" <richard147@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:W%uCg.30287$1Z5.7604@twister.nyroc.rr.com...
    > I just had both front lower ball joints replaced on my wife's 2002 Santa
    > Fe at 45,022 miles. One year ago at 37,000 miles both front lower ball
    > joints were replaced. Both jobs were performed at the same dealership.
    > Is it normal for ball joints to wear out after only 8,000 miles? This is
    > my wife's car. She does not drive the car off-road. She loves this car
    > and treats it well. I asked the service person if this is something that
    > other Santa Fe owners are experiencing and was told that she does not
    > know. And that maybe they were bad parts. Any similar experience in this
    > group?
    >
    > Richard




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    JS
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    Richard wrote:
    > I just had both front lower ball joints replaced on my wife's 2002 Santa
    > Fe at 45,022 miles. One year ago at 37,000 miles both front lower ball
    > joints were replaced. Both jobs were performed at the same dealership.
    > Is it normal for ball joints to wear out after only 8,000 miles? This is
    > my wife's car. She does not drive the car off-road. She loves this car
    > and treats it well. I asked the service person if this is something that
    > other Santa Fe owners are experiencing and was told that she does not
    > know. And that maybe they were bad parts. Any similar experience in this
    > group?
    >
    > Richard


    Two santa fes, 01 w/ 104k and 03.0 with 73k, and one ball joint has
    failed between the two (on the 01, at about 55k miles).

    I suspect the other one is failing on the 01 now, but its not bad enough
    to call.

    Hyundai wants a *LOT* for a ball joint, then they want like $7 more for
    the dust boot. Grr. Total nonsense. rockauto.com has (complete)
    replacements for about $18 USD last I checked. The replacement has
    almost 50k miles on it, and its still good.

    JS


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    hyundaitech
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    This has been a problem on the Santa Fes. I've seen it less on newer
    models, so perhaps you got parts from an old batch on the original
    replacement.


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    JS
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    hyundaitech wrote:
    > This has been a problem on the Santa Fes. I've seen it less on newer
    > models, so perhaps you got parts from an old batch on the original
    > replacement.


    You mean Hyundai charges 2.5x as much for an inferior part?



    JS


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    JS
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    JS wrote:
    > hyundaitech wrote:
    >> This has been a problem on the Santa Fes. I've seen it less on newer
    >> models, so perhaps you got parts from an old batch on the original
    >> replacement.

    >
    > You mean Hyundai charges 2.5x as much for an inferior part?


    Ooops, make that 4.66x as much.

    Rockauto.com now wants $13.72 for the MOOG-brand replacement.

    JS





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    hyundaitech
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    Well, them's the breaks sometimes.


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    Richard
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    hyundaitech wrote:
    > Well, them's the breaks sometimes.
    >

    My warranty is good for 6 years or 72000 miles (as per the class action
    suit) so I have time to see if the current ball joints are any better
    than the previous ones.

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    KWW
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    What "class action suit"? Also, is your cited warranty for 2nd owner?

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    KWW

    "Richard" <richard147@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    newsbPCg.14177$uH6.1221@twister.nyroc.rr.com...
    > hyundaitech wrote:
    >> Well, them's the breaks sometimes.
    >>

    > My warranty is good for 6 years or 72000 miles (as per the class action
    > suit) so I have time to see if the current ball joints are any better than
    > the previous ones.




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    Richard
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    Default Re: Lower ball joints on Santa Fe

    KWW wrote:
    > What "class action suit"? Also, is your cited warranty for 2nd owner?
    >

    We are the original owners of the 2002 Santa Fe. The class action suit
    had to do with Hyundai misreporting the actual horsepower of their
    motors because of the US smog requirements. They offered a large group
    of owners a cash settlement ($125 I think), increasing the 10/100,000 to
    12/120,000 or increasing the 5/60,000 to 6/72,000. We took the 6/72,000
    offer.

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