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Old 03-20-2010, 09:46 PM
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Typically other things would have more affect on the steering tightness....
like the tie rod ends, wheel bearings not set correctly, toe in incorrect......and looseness in steering box...
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Old 03-21-2010, 10:46 AM
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Typically other things would have more affect on the steering tightness....
like the tie rod ends, wheel bearings not set correctly, toe in incorrect......and looseness in steering box...
The steering's been loose since I got it, I'm just saying I didn't notice any change in alignment and that could have been because my steering is so loose.
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:31 PM
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Maybe it's different on the W123, but I replaced just my driver's side lower ball joint. Didn't seem to affect alignment.......
I'm in general agreement with this conclusion.

When the ball joint wears, it has additional vertical motion........more than desired. However, the natural position of the ball is at the bottom of this clearance, and the clearance is only noted when the joint is fully unloaded against the weight of the body.

Accordingly, the alignment should not change when the ball joint is replaced, unless the joint is worn to the point where there is serious radial wear in the socket........in which case, the ball joint is literally falling out of the spindle.
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