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Old 07-12-2000, 09:59 PM
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Can anyone help me regarding my torn boots and my ball joints which creak when i turn the steering wheel? I was estimated $425 to fix this but can't afford it right now. Can i continue to drive it a few more months like this or am i doing more damage. THe mechanic told me this condition is not dangerous. BTW, when i drive it during rain the creaking stops for a day or two.
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Old 07-12-2000, 10:32 PM
Harvey Sutlive
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You certainly can smear some multi purpose grease inside the ball joint boot with your finger. The ball joint won't fall of and neither will your finger.
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Old 07-13-2000, 07:36 AM
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I assume this is a Mercedes CJ7? Just kidding.

I've been through this before on a 123 wagon my wife had. The sound didn't bother me, but embarrassed her.

I forced as much grease inside the boot as I could, using Harvey's method. I then wrapped the boot in duct tape as best I could to keep the dirt out. The grease will attract dirt like a magnet, if left unprotected. The dirt will then finish off the balljoint quicker than if you were to leave it dry. I used this for a few months until I pulled together the tools and balljoints. Also, if I remember correctly, I lifted the car and let the wheel hang while I forced in the grease. This allowed the grease to get underneath the ball easier.

To save Deezel some trouble, don't get under a car that is merely hanging from a floor jack, use some jack stands under the unibody "frame rails". Always be safe when getting underneath a raised vehicle.

Best of luck with it,

Larry Bible
'84 Euro 240D, 523K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
Over 800,000 miles in
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