Problem changing steering ball joint RHD 110-advice appreciated
I'm replacing the ball joint kit on my steering arm and I'm having a problem. When I turn the wheel, the ball joint is putting downward pressure on the spring, plate, and c clip and popping it out. The first time was user error, second time though I am pretty sure I had the retaining clip in completely. Here are my thoughts on why it's not staying, appreciate anyone else's experiences. I am attempting this with the steering arm still on the box, on the truck.
1. Retaining clip is not seated because plate and spring need to be pressed further to get a better clip seat.(thinking I may attempt to use a c clamp or something to compress the internal spring more to try the retaining clip again)
2. Spring position- should the wider part of the ball joint spring be flush with the lower ball joint lower seat or reverse. Exploded view looks like the wider part should be facing downward and flush with the plate.
3. Groove for the retaining clip is no longer strong enough to retain the clip and I have to replace the arm completely.
If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. My next avenue if I can't fix it is to take it to a very qualified, local, and expensive shop.
Thanks for the suggestions.