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Old 06-12-2002, 10:22 AM
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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.

Happy wrenching.
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.

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