Broke a lower ball joint yesterday

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2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Broke a lower ball joint yesterday in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; while autocrossing. 52nd event in 2 years and this is my first failure of any kind. (2005 with 112K miles.) ...
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    VfastCaddy is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Broke a lower ball joint yesterday

    while autocrossing. 52nd event in 2 years and this is my first failure of any kind. (2005 with 112K miles.) Looks like a classic fatigue failure. End with the nut still on it was recovered. Can't believe the clutch and (original) diff are still going strong.

    Anyway, anyone know if the front lower control arm ball joint is replaceable? or is that thing riveted on requiring new control arms? I had it towed to a shop and haven't got a close look yet.

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    Re: Broke a lower ball joint yesterday

    I haven't looked closely myself, but just based on what I've seen with other suspension bits, I'd be willing to bet the ball joint is not serviceable, that you'll have to replace the entire control arm.

    With that said, shows front lower ball joints are available, so maybe I'm wrong?
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