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Unread 05-04-2012, 05:16 AM   #1
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Ball joints!!! MOT

My CRD Grand Cherokee just passed its MOT (Road worthiness test in the UK) but had an advise that the left hand front ball joints (upper and lower) had very slight play in them and will need to be done before next years test. So I thought I would do them now before I forget!! Have done a search on here which lead me to some youtube videos which made it look fairly easy....I would have to get a pess type tool to remove and refit them though. So the questions are ....Is it as easy as it looks on youtube and who has done it themselves? How long did it take? Has anyone found a way of removing/fitting them without buying the tool (nearly £100!)?

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Unread 05-04-2012, 07:10 AM   #2
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you will need to the tool to get them out and in. all the ones i have removed from jeeps come out hard, and i usually spend at least a half of day doing the work
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Unread 05-04-2012, 08:36 AM   #3
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ball joints can be a pita or they can be hard. Spray with pb blaster a few days before you start to work on them. You do need the tool, it will make life easy on you in the end. TRUST ME I KNOW!
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Unread 05-04-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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i meant to say the can be hard or easy lol
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you will need the tool to do the job right. Ask around maybe some one has one you can borrow for the day. Some auto parts stores rent them out so you won't have to buy the tool.
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Hello mate

Greetings from West Sussex.

I did mine at the end of last year, using this tool:-

http://www.toolgarage.co.uk/automoti...0pc_P1069.html

Took me the best part of a day. You'll need some meaty washers to ensure the angle is correct when you're installing the top joints. No great dramas though.

I had an offset upper ball joint (apparently factory fitted due to a crap batch of D30s), so check before ordering new ones. You'll need to wire-brush the top of the old joint to read the number of degrees offset on it, before ordering another..... worth checking.

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Strange ... are yours not the regreaseable type Dean? Mine has the same, the stealers said that there was slight play but just regreased and all was fine. My stealers were at it as usual, the service was 100k and I was assured that the trans fluid was changed in this.. no it wasn't, I'd replaced the rear droplinks with brand new and already I need new ones less that 6 months old! I needed a new pollen filter... no I don't because the car doesn't have one I'm assured from another dealer! My rear wind screen wash is in op - no it isn't, it just takes a few moments to pump the water through... and they wonder why you won't bring the car back to them for service? Grrrrrr
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Strange ... are yours not the regreaseable type Dean? Mine has the same, the stealers said that there was slight play but just regreased and all was fine. My stealers were at it as usual, the service was 100k and I was assured that the trans fluid was changed in this.. no it wasn't, I'd replaced the rear droplinks with brand new and already I need new ones less that 6 months old! I needed a new pollen filter... no I don't because the car doesn't have one I'm assured from another dealer! My rear wind screen wash is in op - no it isn't, it just takes a few moments to pump the water through... and they wonder why you won't bring the car back to them for service? Grrrrrr
Only the top ones are re-greasable. I have slight play in top and bottom one! Typical. So I will replace them. Will prob do all four while im at it or its bound to have worn by next MOT. Never been to a main dealer or any other sort in my life (20 odd cars owned and a similar number of bikes). Far to tight to pay for anything I can do myself! Time is more the problem for me The only time it goes to a garage is for the MOT. I worked at a main dealer for 14 years (VW - as a salesman ) and I think we were very honest in our workshop..... but I dont trust most dealerships....especially at the moment when, like everything else, making money is far more important to them than customer service.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 10:19 AM   #9
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If any ball joint has any kind of play replace them when you can. THey will only get worse..


As for the other post about having slight play and adding grease and it went away, the ball joint is still worn and needs replacement..



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