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ball joint easy change (in theory) has anyone done it like this before??
Posted 23 October 2009 - 04:46 PM
Right..... jack up and remove the wheel and caliper including caliper mount and disc, grind the rivets out of old ball joint in situ, remove the ball joint pinch bolt then get a trolley jack and jack up under the hub assy to raise it up by a few inches allowing the lower arm to be lowered away from the hub after cracking old ball joint off, fit new one and bolt it up!
hopefully re fitting is a reversal of above etc etc,
havin a go tomo will post how it goes.
great forum by the way fellas!!!
Posted 23 October 2009 - 05:03 PM
he fitted the type like you have where you remove the old ones & bolt in the new uns & they have been ok since.
pretty sure they never dropped the subframe so your method is probably similar to what they used.
Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:29 PM
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 11:39 AM
Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:55 PM
i then got home & saw its location & did a readup of whats involved & did not like it one bit but carried on & chucked the haynes away with its complicated ways & eventually got it swapped out & its been fine since so i did well really but since then i have taken it to a mech for anything thats not just a simple undo & replace job as my car hates me so makes stuff as difficult as possible ( to the point where the mechs at the garage i use hide when they see me coming as the car always gives them trouble too )
Posted 24 October 2009 - 04:16 PM
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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:33 PM
I too have worked on every car I have owned, until buying a mk3. Everything is just a total pain to do on it.
I even took it to kwik fit to have to oil and filter changed :headshake: Mind you, they did the job for under thirty quid, which was less than the oil alone would have cost me!.
So I think it will be off to the garage again early next month to have the front nearside ball joint done.
Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:59 AM
I'm still learning. I learn on most of the jobs i undertake
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