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Old 03-08-2015, 08:42 PM
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Ball Joint fail?

So I was under the impression that all BJs are good BJs....but in this case, I think that might not be the case.

I had new upper and lower ball joints installed about 2 weeks ago. Too cold and miserable out for me to mess with it. They used MOOG joints. A few days after installation, I start hearing a clunk coming from the passenger's side front when I hit a bump. Does this look loose to you guys? Looks loose to me. I can see the shiny steel stud and I'm pretty sure I shouldn't see that. Right?




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Old 03-09-2015, 01:04 AM
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

Not sure about this, but it can be that the rubber boot is pushed up a bit and shows the stud now a bit. Canīt you check if the ball joint nut is fastened well? It doesnīt seem to be a failed balljoint.
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

The nut looks to be snug...cotter pin in place as it should be. I've just never seen the stud in the gap like that before. The opposite side (older ball joint) does not show any stud at all. I topped it off with grease and it oozes right out, so I know it's full.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:52 AM
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

When you jack that side up, do you feel any play on the wheel?
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

No sir. I didn't feel anything. When I hear the clunk out on the road, it's typically when the suspension unloads. I don't remember ever hearing a clunk when the suspension loads.
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Old 03-09-2015, 11:14 AM
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

That does not look right to me...
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

Cant see the pics, but which version of moog parts did they put in?

There are the cheaper versions and the more expensive "problem Solver" versions which generally are bout 50% more expensive?

How many miles did you get out of the ones repalced?

Also you can jack up the Jeep, support the frame and put hands at 12 and 6 and see if there is play.
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

These are problem solvers....they've got a zerk on them, and it's stamped on the top. Mileage isn't even a consideration....we're talking about a week and a half. Under 200 miles.

I'll have to re-jack it up today and do the 12-6 test
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

The pictures you took where with the jeep on a jack?
Did you check how it looks with the weight of the jeep on the wheels?
How does the lower ball joint look like?
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

Here are some more photos....it looks no different with weight off of the suspension, or with it on the ground. These are with it on the ground. Also, I heard nothing today. Not a peep out of the front end. WTF?!? Seemed worse in cold temps.

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Re: Ball Joint fail?

Oh yeah, and no movement at all at 12 and 6
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Re: Ball Joint fail?

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These are problem solvers....they've got a zerk on them, and it's stamped on the top. Mileage isn't even a consideration....we're talking about a week and a half. Under 200 miles.

I'll have to re-jack it up today and do the 12-6 test

I meant how many miles did you get out of the originals. I ask this because I only have 70K and like to know when I should be on the look out.

I think some folks use Synergy, more expensive but are supposedly really top notch.

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