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balljoint safety

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by only 31s, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. only 31s

    only 31s 1/2 ton status

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    during a routine insp of the front end i discoverd a small movement in the pass side lower bj {very slight but im a rookie at these} can i wait to repair {i want to save to do both while im in there along w u joints} or is any movement a dangerous sign?i wont use the 4 wheel to be easy on it! can or do these seperate? 90 sub 3susp 3body 35x12.5 any info is appreciated!!!:confused:
     
  2. Fierospeeder

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    any movement is unsafe. How long it will last is unknown. Ball joints can fail tomorrow or 10 years from now.
     
  3. big jimmy 91

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    A Little ??

    A little movement will more than likely be OK??

    I think that it takes alot of play before they will fail.
    Just to be safe change them out as soon as you can :grin:
    BTW I have friends that drive things until they litterally fall appart on the road and it surprized me how loose things have to get before they fail :screwy:
     
  4. ssls6

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    Was the wheel off the ground when you checked it? Did you use a prybar? I've seen some pretty sloppy ball joints hold together eventhough the truck drove all over the road.
     
  5. k5freak44

    k5freak44 1/2 ton status

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    i wheeled on 3 bad bjs and used it as my daily drive for about a year until i replaced them. it just wears ur tires unevenly and gives u a nasty wobble.

    its a PITA to replace them, if you are rookie and never done major work on axles befor id start getting quotes around town.
     

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