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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 21st, 01, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Lower ball joint seems like it is not realy tight. But weight of the car pushing the lower lower "A" arm downwards so I did not think there wil be a problem.

What is your toughts about this. Is my theory right?
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When your car bounce on the road, it may make some strange sounds like mine did and depending on the speed it might be dangerous. I spot weld the bottom side of the ball joint to the lower arm 'till I found a good one. TEMPORARY fix.

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It is new ball joint. So maybe I have to somehow make the "A" arm hole for balljoint little smaller.
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Did you have it pressed in at a machine shop? I just had mine put in and they are a tight fit. Could be that the opening for the ball joint in the A arm is worn. The spot weld sounds like a good temporary fix to me.

I would be extremely concerned about any part of the front end being loose like that. You don't want to lose steering control!
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An accident waiting to happen.

In the last couple of weeks I've seen a mid-'80s Cutlass and S-10 on the side of the road with broken lower ball joints. They can and do separate.

Fix it right or park it. A PI lawyer would have a career day in court with a broken ball joint that you had welded.
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Well ismail, if the hole seems bigger than the ball joint and you don't wanna weld, you have to find a replacement A arm or maybe follow davidpozzi's recomendation. davidpozzi
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If you can't find a replacement, get a ring machined to fit the ball joint, and weld the ring into the A frame.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Nov 22nd, 01, 03:02 PM
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Ismail. Did you check the spindle? I had a wallowed out lowerer spindle hole and it caused play in balljoint and eventually broke. Luckily i was only going 5 MPH over railroad tracks when it happened.(And no train coming!) If it isnt perfectly round it will cause the ball joint to break.
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Guys,I'm the guy who started this subject.

You know why it's happened because we put the balljoint upside down the first place and I had to remove them and put back together. I think that made the hole larger. I did not take them of because whole front of the car was disasambled when I bought it.

I will probabbly buy new ones or make the hole somehow smaller. Maybe I can use air chiesel or something around ring to give some inward movement make it tight and test them to use it.
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