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Hi All, I have a 2008 MDX. It currently has just less than 215K miles. I haven't noticed any problems but I am in disbelief that this vehicle still has the original ball joints/LCAs on it. I had it in to an alignment shop recently and specifically told them to check them out. They said they are good. Is this even possible?
 

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I wouldn't be in disbelief. The first LCA (driver) I had to replace was in 2019 at around 170K miles, which, under Toronto road conditions is a miracle, if you ask me (worst roads I've seen in North America in my 10 years of driving experience here, which includes New York).

OEM LCAs are pretty good. The Mevotech one I used to replace the OEM with lasted a mere 15K miles before I had to replace it again (thankfully, Rockauto sent a warranty replacement for free).

Bottom line - if you want another decade of worry free life out of your LCAs, go with OEM for replacement when time comes.
 

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Did you have to pay shipping to send the bad one to Rock Auto?

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Also did you buy the Honda Acura tool to remove the ball joint?

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Also did you buy the Honda Acura tool to remove the ball joint?

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I bought the Honda tool for ball joint and I do not regret it. It makes removing the ball joint very simple and have used it multiple times. It is pricy but worth in my opinion.


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Thanks! What's the part number and how much roughly?

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This is how much I paid in 2018

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The remover is the expensive part and the thread protector the cheaper.
 
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This is how much I paid in 2018

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The remover is the expensive part and the thread protector the cheaper.
Why do you need the thread protector? Can't you just use the castle nut to protect?

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The thread protector is a nut that looks like a hat (closed at the top) and threads more than the castle nut protecting the joint’s thread. The top of the “hat” seats perfect in the tool. I will post a picture when I get home.


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Thanks for the help!

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