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Replacing ball joint--UCA

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by nighthawk87, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. nighthawk87

    nighthawk87 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Chris or Someone:

    I have a constant popping/squeeking coming from my drivers front suspension after installing coilovers. I think I may have damaged my ball joint when popping the spindle off the UCA.

    On the drivers side I hit the bottom bolt with a sledgehammer to pop it off...on the passenger I hit the side of the spindle and it popped off after a few taps.

    I am thinking my ball joint is bad.....

    Is there a way to confirm this???? If it is, how do I replace it and it is it more economical to just go with new UCAs instead since I'll be doing that eventually?

    Help!
     
  2. JasoTaco

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  3. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    See if you can pull up on the suspected bad ball joint. Also, Grab the top of the tire, and try to move it in and out (when on the ground). If you feel any play, even a little bit, the balll joint is bad.
     
  4. nighthawk87

    nighthawk87 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My buddy mentioned that there is a plastic lining inside that I may have shattered when hitting the bottom bolt to break it loose.

    does that come with the ball joint or the uca?
     
  5. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    I dont know about a plastic lining.....
     
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