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Ball joints replace or service?

Ball joints replace or service?

Postby DH70 » 22 Sep 2016 00:28

I had significant play on my steering, so got feedback from various people who checked the vehicle. Most obvious fix was to fasten the drag link/tie rod link which was loose and grease ball joints. It helped a lot, but still not 100%.
Ball joint boots all in good condition, however tie rod moves easily when turning it like a bike throttle, so not much resistance (no other directional movement).

Initially I was told to replace the drag link. However, after the adjustment mentioned above, another mechanic suggested I have the ball joints serviced. (Mr Ball Joint in Cpt quoted 650 to do 4 which is reasonable, although not sure it's a reliable option.). And after a quick peek this morning, our friends at Nissan say there's absolutely nothing wrong.
What to do?

If I replace the tie rod ends, any recommendations where to purchase?
And if I replace perhaps a good option is to get 4 new tie rod ends and fit a drag link like the one Peter is advertising.
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Re: Ball joints replace or service?

Postby Peter Connan » 22 Sep 2016 05:55

Ball joints cannot be "serviced" other than just pumping in grease.

Some people "re-manufacture" them, by pumping a lot of polyurethane in and baking in an oven.

It works for some apllications, but not all. I initially had this done to mine just befora a trip to Bots in 2012. By the time we got back (3500km) they were worse than ever.

The tie rods are available from Partquip, the trick is just to find someone who knows what they are.
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Re: Ball joints replace or service?

Postby DH70 » 22 Sep 2016 08:25

Thanks for that Peter. Apparently they pump teflon into them, but as I suspected, probably not the best option for a heavy vehicle like ours. Will you be manufacturing more of those draglines or is this a once off? I see another batch will be done again :thumbup:
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Re: Ball joints replace or service?

Postby Dustin » 22 Sep 2016 09:13

Hey Donnie

If you're struggling to find bits and pieces, drop Marinus (Marino4x4) an email on sales@terrainparts.co.za
He imports Terrain Tamer parts from Oz.
See what the pricing compares to local parts.
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