[200q20v] Warped UFO's - not anymore!

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Thu Feb 1 00:56:21 EST 2001

Scott's ball joint check is probably the best, but inasmuch as the ball
joint is unloaded when the wheel is off the ground on a chassis jack, one
can get in there with a pry bar and check for loosness without disassembly.


> From: Phil Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
> Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2001 15:59:12 -0500
> To: Bernie Benz <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
> Cc: <QSHIPQ at aol.com>, 200q20V mailing list <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: Re: [200q20v] Warped UFO's - not anymore!
> At 4:37 PM -0500 1/31/01, Bernie Benz wrote:
>>> I can share that the
>>> outer ball joints on Paul's car had about .250 play in them, in fact the
>>> inner bushings weren't really all that bad.  The play in the outer ball
>>> joints is what I believe gave the symptoms of warped rotors, when indeed it
>>> was the whole wheel and tire wobbling during braking.
>> This rings true with my old 5KTQ that my son has.  At 260K it is slowly
>> getting "loose" in the front end, but no brake symptoms.  Most likely those
>> ball joints, as everything else looks to be in good shape, SB bushings
>> having been replaced.
> So--what's the best/easiest way to check for excessive balljoint
> play--assuming there's been no very obvious sounds or handling symptoms? I
> assume that to check will require the SB-end would have to be removed--and
> also that the balljoint is not replaceable without a complete C/A?
> Phil
> Phil Rose
> Rochester, NY
> mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net
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