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Old August 24th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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Drop Arm Ball Joint - signs of wear

What are the signs to look out for when the ball joint wears out. My boot is ripped and my steering clunks at times when I turn the wheel (not moving). It has been torn for a long time. My steering box doesn't leak so I was just wondering what makes people actually replace the ball joint. Can you feel the wear?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:14 PM
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On mine I had the dreaded death wobble; rebuilt the drop arm, replaced some worn out bushings on the front radius arms and the wobble was gone.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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Yeah I had a wobble but I replaced the steering stabilizer and that fixed it
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:06 PM
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That's a band aide if your drop arm is making noise it needs attention think how much fun it would be if it failed. Rebuilding it helped my defender but it really needs a swivel rebuild.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:11 PM
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Well I am not sure where the clunk is coming from but I am assuming it is the drop arm. Does it really fail or just have play?
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:31 PM
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You can have somebody turn the steering wheel while you grasp the ball joint in your hand to feel for play. It's easy to replace the torn boot. Just pop the joint and Bob's your uncle. I used a boot from a dead tie rod end I had lying around.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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well something is clunking at times when i turn the wheel and the truck is tanding still so I thought maybe it was this. Been torn for awhile
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:20 PM
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could also be your CV, does it pull to one side all of a sudden
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Old August 24th, 2011, 08:54 PM
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Jack up one side, grab the wheel and rock it. It will be evident if there is a warn joint and where it is if it's in the linkage.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 09:26 PM
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No pulling to one side. I need to look closer. Been too lazy to jack car up.
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Do a search pitman arm or drop arm. Mine was really worn, the ball freely moved in the joint. I went ahead and replaced the other 3 ball joints too, what a difference.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...3&postcount=12
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Old August 25th, 2011, 08:13 AM
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No pulling to one side. I need to look closer. Been too lazy to jack car up.
Just take it to any garage and have put on a lift. It will be obvious if there is a bad joint.
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Barry, FYI, pulling that thing is a bitch. I just recently replaced mine along with all other tie rods. I actually had to cut slices in to the drop arm to remove it. Decided not to apply heat for fear of dmaging seals int he steering box.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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I have heard of people doing it in place.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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This is my drop arm. Looks awesome.
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Yup its time.
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Again, here's some helpful links.

http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=14338

http://www.reedx.net/landrover/maint...nkbj/index.htm

BE SURE TO DRILL, TAP & INSTALL A GREASE ZIRK ON THE BOTTOM CAP UNDER THE CIRCLE CLIP !!
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Old August 25th, 2011, 08:37 PM
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AB has em on special.
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Be lame like me and replace the whole drop arm - I gave up trying to get the thing apart. 90 bucks from Rovahfarm.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 11:29 PM
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I've read on this forum that getting the arm off the stearing box can be really tough too. Some guys even resort to cutting it off. Then there's the problem of getting the new arm to seat properly. A choice of poison is at hand !
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