[Author Prev][Author Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Author Index][Thread Index]
Expensive lesson: punctured front ball joint
While changing out the front struts and springs on my '92 S4, the pry bar
I was using to release the ball joint pin from the wheel hub slipped,
cutting the grease boot on the driver's side ball joint:
"No problem, I'll just get another ball joint. $20 - $25."
"Umm, wait a minute. The ball joint is PART of the control arm! I
have to replace the WHOLE thing!" (Insert much swearing here.)
Linda at Carlsen: "Your price is $215. Retail $287."
I felt a little better when I found out that Porsche uses the same
arrangement on the 951, and new it's almost $600.
So, if you're going to change the springs on your '92 - '97 100/S4/S6, be
*really* careful around those silly ball joints!
Dave Brady FAS Computer Services
Sr UNIX Sys Admin/Programmer Harvard University
email@example.com LL1A Science Center
Phone: (617) 495-1273 1 Oxford Street
FAX: (617) 495-1210 Cambridge, MA 02138