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

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Wed Feb 7 10:23:50 EST 2001

swaybar removal is *NOT* a necessary component of ball joint checking, if you 
disconnect it the control arm from the strut.  That said, to ck a ball joint 
without disconnecting it from the strut is not a proper nor recommended 
procedure here.  There are too many variables in the suspension (including 
swaybar bushings) that could give a false sense that the ball joints are 
indeed good.   Failure can be catastrophic, btworkedonthat.

Remove the wheel
Remove the pinch bolt in the ball joint (always replace - per bentley)
Use 2X4 to separate ball joing from strut
Move ball joint around in all planes, it should be tight, with *NO* play in 
any plane
Replace control arm as necessary.


In a message dated 2/1/01 4:43:39 PM Central Standard Time, 
pjrose at frontiernet.net writes:

> At 11:08 AM -0800 2/1/01, Bernie Benz wrote:
>  >You lost the thread.  We were talking ball joints, not sway bar bushings.
>  No, in my earlier question I surmised that sway bar removal might be 
>  needed in order to unload the C/A for checking the ball joint. No one 
>  commented about that.

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