FRONT BALL JOINT!?!?!
Posted 03 October 2004 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 04 October 2004 - 12:07 AM
Can you replace them yourself? Yes. Do you have a 1-1/2" DEEP socket? You'll need one! If you don't already have a Haynes manual for this car you will need one. It will describe the process.
When you buy the kit to replace the joints, retain the OLD shims that come off the car. (This will make sense later). New kits typically don't have enough shims. A common practice is to "lap" the new ball joint into the seat using valve lapping compound before final assembly. When and if you get to that point, start a new thread and ask about it here.
Posted 04 October 2004 - 07:12 AM
cheerse mate will have a good look when i get it home,
Im gonna get the AA to bring it back ( maybe go there and make some story that the ball joint has gon and its not safe to drive it home ) on one of there pick up thingys because i wouldnt trust it getting home down the A40! :nugget:
Posted 28 October 2004 - 08:09 PM
so is this one easier so fix and where do i get that from and whats it called exactly?
Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:11 PM
To replace them you need to use a ball joint splitter. (Others will tell you ways to improvise, but I prefer to use a scissor-type ball joint splitter). Mark the position of all nuts on the moving arm with white paint. Remove the split pin from the shaft of the rod end (the one that goes into the arm on the steering knuckle). Loosen the nut next to the split pin you just removed. Back the nut out until it covers the ends of the threads. Insert the fork of the ball joint splitter between the steering arm and the tie rod end's body. Place the scissor arm of the splitter against the nut. Tighten the splitter securely then whack it's bolt with a hammer to break the tie rod end free. Remove the splitter and nut. Loosen the jam nut securing the rod end from the steering rack arm. Loosen the nut only enough to free the rod end. Now hold the steering rack arm with pliers and unscrew the tie rod end.
Put the new tie rod end on by reversing this process. Use the white paint as a guide to make sure you've got the new rod end in almost the same place as the old one. (Obviously the splitter isn't involved). Then take your car to a specialist for a front-end alignment... just to be sure it still steers straight.
Posted 28 October 2004 - 09:19 PM
The split pins haven't been fitted for a few years now, there's a nyloc nut instead. And there are flats on the trackrod to hold it with a spanner now but DK wouldn't know these things being as he is across the pond!
Posted 29 October 2004 - 12:28 PM
Any additional comments to help him replace the "track rod end"?
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