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

Phil & Judy Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Thu Feb 1 10:28:52 EST 2001

So the sway bar (and its bushing) are sufficiently compliant that one 
should be able to feel joint movement using a prybar against the C/A 
--if the balljoint is loose?

At 12:56 AM -0800 2/1/01, Bernie Benz wrote:
>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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