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Violent Upper Ball Joint Failure with PICS!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by OrangeCrushK10, Aug 26, 2006.

  1. OrangeCrushK10

    OrangeCrushK10 1/2 ton status

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    Damn I know how to break 'em, huh?

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    I was driving down a dirt road to the shooting range to sight in my scope. The road is very washboarded and as I turn a corner I feel it drop a bit in the driver's front and make a skidding noise. So I look out the window to see my tire lying flat on the ground. :eek1:

    Sweet, eh? :doah:

    Guess I may be doing that solid front axle convert sooner than expected.:rolleyes:
     
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    That's insane. At least it didn't do any major damage to the truck.
     
  3. OrangeCrushK10

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    Nah, it's cool. I'm pretty good at breaking things. Let us not forget my old driveshaft.

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    Oh-yeah, that one still looks awesome.
     
  4. Corey 78K5

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    Umm I would call it major damage myself.................
     
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    I would call it neglect. That grease fitting doesn't look like it's been greased for some time.
     
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    Nick, you are a damage magnet. :haha:
     
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    Overly complicated way to start a sfa swap......
     
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    Time for JB Weld!!

    Nick Carnage Nah!!!
     
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    From the background in the pic, I'd guess that you were on Rampart Range Road. That has to be one of the roughest "roads" that I've ever driven on. A few years back it shook the factory exhaust system apart on our '94 Suburban.

    Excellent work! ;)
     
  10. OrangeCrushK10

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    That's the road!

    And I would also agree with neglect. Mind you I've hads the S-10 for about 1 month now and it sat in my mother's driveway for 6 years before that. I hadn't gotten around to greasing the joints yet, but by the way it broke I'd guess that it was already cracked pretty well.
     
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    deafening silence from the "ifs isn't that bad!" crowd... :grin:

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  12. Corey 78K5

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    I concur with the above statement :D :haha:
     
  13. sled_dog

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    yeah, on an IFS Chevy, the FIRST thing you do when you buy it is shake down the front end and find out whats bad (most likely, lower balljoints, pitman arm, idler arm, and upper balljoints) then grease the crap out of them. Oh and change the oil... should always grease at oil changes too.

    My Dad's 04 Chevy needs lower balljoints and an idler arm at 40k miles. You can tell Pepboys(where he used to get oil changes) never greased the idler arm. And of course the balljoints are the retarded "lubed for life design" that always fails... My 1997 Chevy has the factory upper and lower balljoints. Both tight, its just been well maintained its entire 110,000 miles.
     
  14. OrangeCrushK10

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    I guess so. But since I'm not much for the whole IFS deal, I think it's not going to be a resident of my S-10 much longer.
     
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    fully understandable. I plan to SAS my 97. I refuse to put anything on the truck that it needs. At the moment it should have all 4 shocks replaced(bouncy as all hell), and the Pitman arm has a bit of play at the pivot ball. Also the brakes are sub-par, but I refuse to put the money into any of that stuff unless its part of a SAS.
     

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