I have no ideas as to an answer to your question, but I would like to know what you encountered. I have a 2007 Compass and at 42k I am advised to replace the tie rod and ball joint on the driver's side. For US $500 the dealership will do it for me, but I am more of a D.I.Y. type of guy, not to mention that I am frugal. [Frugal in my case is spelled c-h-e-a-p!!!
] I believe that this defect may be more prevalent than suspected.