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
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
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.
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
I think you made a wise choice. It's a pretty good bet that something
stupid will break within that year based on the age or mileage on the
vehicle. Chances of getting back you $125 or more in warranty work are
actually pretty good.
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