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Old 02-03-2003, 11:41 AM
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A torn boot condemns the joint. Even if you could replace the boot, it would be impossible to get it really clean, and for the labor involved, why bother.

One caution on checking the [suspension] balljoints:
If the car is in the air with no weight on the wheels, play in the balljoints will be masked because the springs will have them under load.
The fully appreciate play in the balljoints, support car with jackstands under the control arms, then grasp and rock wheels at 12 and 6 o'clock.

For checking for play in steering components, I find it helpful to lift just one wheel at a time, then grasp and rock the lifted wheel at 3 and 6 o'clock.
{observe caution and common sense- steering with one wheel on ground could potentially tip car off of stand or jack}
1986 300E 5-Speed 240k mi.
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