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Re: Expensive lesson: punctured front ball joint
At 09:38 PM 9/3/97 -0400, you wrote:
>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
>firstname.lastname@example.org LL1A Science Center
>Phone: (617) 495-1273 1 Oxford Street
>FAX: (617) 495-1210 Cambridge, MA 02138
On some of the 5K you can get just a rubber boot (with a spring clamp),