Agreed on both counts. My 94 Jimmy 4x4 still had the OE ball joints
at 115,000 miles, shop checked them at around 110,000 and they were
still tight. Got rid of the truck last winter.
My 2000 S-10 has 68,000 on the clock and still on OE ball joints.
I had an 89 S15 and garages always said I needed new ball joints each year
when I got it safety inspected. Turns out that the dorks at the garage were
using the old method of jacking up the front and wiggling the tire.
That isn't how you check ball joints on an S10/S15. There is a shoulder of
metal on the ball joint that disappears when the ball joint is worn out.
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