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Old 28th January 2012, 12:19   #1
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Default Front suspension arm ball joint dust cover query?

Firstly what is it? Failed the MOT this morning due partially to this. Is it easy to replace or is it a new ball joint fix?
Secondly I could do with new top mount bearings, worth doing at same time or does it require different parts removing?
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Old 28th January 2012, 12:32   #2
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i could be wrong but its a new wishbone as the ball joint is part of it, mines failed on both ball joints ,now both wishbones(£150 each) and bushes changed,just waiting for the BIG bill
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I was under the saloon yesterday and noticed a split in a rubber mount as in the pic! Assume this is the suspension arm ball joint?
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Dust cover on a ball joint is an advisory only. That said, you can buy the dust cover kit on its own. They are a pain to fit, Had to do one on Gerry3's car for the mot.

Item 12 here

http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID001541
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Dust cover on a ball joint is an advisory only. That said, you can buy the dust cover kit on its own. They are a pain to fit, Had to do one on Gerry3's car for the mot.

Item 12 here

http://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-GRID001541
Thanks Dave, thats what I had got round to thinking it was.
You say that it was a pain, I assume the whole wishbone has to come out to do it? Any advice or "How To"?

It is a failure not an advisory anymore in new MOT rules apparently...
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I was under the saloon yesterday and noticed a split in a rubber mount as in the pic! Assume this is the suspension arm ball joint?
That is a picture of the rear bush on the wishbone. There is no dust cover on this.
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Old 28th January 2012, 16:34   #7
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I don't know if the boot kit comes with instructions, but they should. Somewhere around here is a thread discussing where all the bits of the insertion tools go. You can't fit a new boot without dropping the joint from the hub. You can't fit the boot clips without the tools supplied with it.

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I don't know if the boot kit comes with instructions, but they should. Somewhere around here is a thread discussing where all the bits of the insertion tools go. You can't fit a new boot without dropping the joint from the hub. You can't fit the boot clips without the tools supplied with it.

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Looks like a dust cover kit, a 18mm flexable head spanner and lots of wd40 beforehand are called for then! Looks straightforward enough to do, I assume best to have car on axle stands rather than ramp to take pressure off the joint before finding it's seized......
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You can't do it on ramps because the wheel has to come off and the suspension must hang loose.

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Thats not clear in this How Tohttp://www.the75andztclub.co.uk/foru...ad.php?t=91095

Cant see why I need to even remove wheel according to the how to? I would have thought taking the weight off it would be enough or am I missing something?
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