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07V6 EX-L Chicago
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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I noticed that the ball joint boots of rear upper arm have aging cracks.
If left alone, the ball joint can fail. Don't ask me how I know.

Wondering if anyone replaced the boots instead of the whole arm.
The boot seems easy to replace, without taking the arm off, something like:
pop the ball joint, pry off the circlip ring, remove the boot, pack with grease, new boot, secure with the circlip, and put things back.
 

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I'd change the whole arm. The boot cracks are a sure sign of wear on the arm.
 

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Those can stay like that for many, many years. Just keep an eye on it. Replacing the arm is bizarre.
 

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Discussion Starter #4 (Edited)
Those can stay like that for many, many years. Just keep an eye on it. Replacing the arm is bizarre.
Replacing the boot or the arm is necessary.

I had a rear upper ball joint failure on a 3rd gen Accord. The boot was in slightly worse condition (seeping grease from the aging crack). Luckily, the ball joint failed on a highway ramp, not on the highway.
 
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