wheel fell off
djb at multiverse.com
Fri Jan 9 12:25:59 EST 2004
Did the control arm separate from the bearing housing? Happened to me in
the middle of nowhere Northern Canada. Previous owner had bodywork done
and the body shop put in the wrong control arm (maybe from a 5000 or
regular 200) with slightly narrower ball joint shaft. Pinch bolt
appeared to snug up correctly but doesn't really hold the narrower
shaft. I think the correct control arm has a small groove at the top of
the ball joint shaft to indicate the larger size.
Another failure mode is to install a fully threaded pinch bolt in the
bearing housing instead of a shouldered bolt. Less material in threads
than shoulder. Ball joint shaft moves a little, eventually wears down
pinch bolt threads and then passes the now de-threaded section of the
pinch bolt on its way out...
Looking forward to a cozy z-e-r-o degrees tonight in Cleveland......Dean
Bryan Foster wrote:
>Well not exactly but close. Driving home from work. Almost home and the
>driver's front tire locks up and is making the sweet noise of rubbing
>against the wheel well. Get out and look - the wheel is shifted rearward
>in the wheel well.
>Procedure: 1)kick car and curse 2)walk home in 16degrees F
>Diagnosis: I am thinking the stabilizer bar fell. The wheel still turned
>left and right and the axel didnt pull out because I could still drive it.
>Only warning signs were yesterday. The car would make a single loud
>clunking noise when turning sharp left. Too cold to check it out.
>Ever heard of this happening?
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