I should add that worn balljoints are a real safety issue in this design. The spring places a lot of upward force on these balljoints whenever shock absorber travel runs out.
One of mine actually popped out of its socket, which is a very bad situation. Fortunately I was going very slowly over some speedbumps at the time, and not cresting a hill at speed...
I had the groaning symptom you guys describe, but handling overall was surprisingly not that bad. The seal had even appeared to be intact, but once separated, there was not even a hint of grease remaining.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
Last edited by csnow; 06-12-2002 at 10:56 AM.