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Old 07-01-2002, 12:26 PM
JohninFla JohninFla is offline
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I agree with Ali. Odds are your ball joints need replaced, after being exposed to dirt and debris. Once you remove the control arm from the ball joint, you are almost there anyway. You have already compressed the spring, removed interference, (brake stuff), and done all that fun stuff.

I just did my tie rods a few months ago, and all of the labor involved to replace the boots is 95% of the labor to replace the tie rods. The whole thing, with the sleeve between the inner and outer rod end, is about $30, (for my car, from Fastlane). After you beat off the first one, you will not want to do this job again anytime soon. Replace the whole assembly, take it in and get it aligned, and forget about it for 10 years. Do only the boots, and you may be laying there again next year. Ugh!
1989 560SEL (172k)
1989 325IC (122K)
2004 Suzuki Volusia LE (3500 miles)
2005 Yamaha Road Star (20 K miles)
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