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#1 (permalink) Old 06-11-2006, 03:16 PM
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lower ball-joint fell out of control arm.

So I went to remove my knuckle to day so I could take it to get a new wheel bearing pressed in. I separated the ball-joint from the knuckle and then the ball joint kind of fell out of the control arm. I can kind hammer it back in but why did it fall out? I can almost put the whole ball joint into the arm with just my hand and then hammer the last bit in very easily. I am getting so frustrated with this car.....it's just one thing after another. I guess I need to get a new control arm now. awesome.
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#2 (permalink) Old 06-11-2006, 03:19 PM
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Your missing the c-clip. Yes? Are these original? Some aftermarket replacements don't fit right.

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The c-clip is there but it does not really hold the ball-joint in tight. They are not original, they are from NAPA.
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The ball came out of the socket or the unit came out?

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The c-clip is there but it does not really hold the ball-joint in tight. They are not original, they are from NAPA.
What brand are they? A lot us run Moog. They fit right and I've had mine in and they were definately a slut to install. The Moog's are oversized, iirc, which makes them better designed for an aftermarket piece.

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^^^^^moog are the only ones that fit. i went thru 3 different nappa ones untill i said fuckit and get the moog. everything from nappa is like .015" off

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^ there are ohters that fit. I used perfect circle brand once, and they were fine, but yours are definitely the wrong ones.

I my experience MOOG is the best off the shelf one though. I'd pass on their Tie-rod ends though. Too big. Ruined the tight turning radius.

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I got one from autozone about a year ago, and it fit perfect. I can't remember what brand it was, but it wasn't a moog. IMHO, get the moog. There have been no complaints about those.

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Thanks for everyone's comments. I called NAPA and got the MOOG through them. They are even going to let me exchange the old one. Eventhough that's what they should do it's cool they are not giving me any problems about it.
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