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These ball joints are giving me nothing but hell. and im nervous to drive my car now. the passenger side is on fine. But the driver side popped out. and all the grease oozed onto the base of the ball joint. and I couldn't get the brake off of the ball joint stud so i had to re install the ball joints with the brake hooked to it. it was a bitch. But then i hammered the bottom of the balljoint back in and it just slid right in. My question is when i put the car back on the ground is it going to popout again since it is kinda slippery in there. The brakes are connected to the stud and the strut on the brakes. Should of taken a picture but didnt think to. sorry.

Hopfully you guys know what im talking about.

But do you guys think i'll be fine. i dont really see how it could pop out since everything is connected and holding it together but just seeing what you guys think. because i cant get the brake off of the stud of the ball joint.
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Old April 25th, 2009, 04:46 PM   #2
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brakes are not connected to the ball joints. wtf are you talking about man? you should press your ball joints in, not hammer them. you can get a decent press tool from harbour freight for 30 bucks or so.

also, did you add the spacer?
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like this...http://lh4.ggpht.com/_YSPAACzy8DI/SH...pk/s800/S4.jpg

i just explained it weird.

thats not my car though... just picture of a s197 but same thing.
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See in yellow is where the brake goes over the Balljoint stud. it is stuck. i cant get it off. Even with the impact guns.

and then in yellow is where the base of the balljoint is and it is covered in the grease you fill the balljoint up with. But the balljoint is in the little hole of the A arm perfectly. So do you guys think it can slide out? the ball joint just slid into place when i re installed it. so i feel it might be able to slide out. but if everything is hooked up it shouldn't slide out. what do you guys think?

yes i added the spacer. I put it on top of the spring.

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The spindle is being pushed up by the wheel and the arm is being pushed down by the spring. Unless your shock comes loose and you get airborne, you should be fine.
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who the hell told you it was ok to use a hammer?! anyway, get ur hands on a press kit. press them in. however it is possible that ur A arms are wornwhere the balljoints go in so u might need a set of control arms. id say to get the MM tubulars if thats the case. But good god man, DO NOT drive that thing till u have them properly pressed in. if u dont have the tools and cant borrow them remove the A arms and take them to a shop where they can just press them in for you. Also, ur gonna have to either cut off the bottom half of ur brake dust shield or remove it entirely. i cut mine and got some EBC low dust pads. And as far as the grease oozing out id be willing to bet that u just put too much in. the rubber skirt should not bulg from the grease. put grease in right up until you start to see that skirt swell then stop. you shouldnt over grease them or else it'll just squeeze out like it is. and get synthetic grease(the good stuff).
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Thats not something I would fool with.
I have the X2's and bump steer kit as well...
Take your car to a shop and make sure its done properly.
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First i started putting them in with a jack stand and a wood block because the ballpoint presses we had didn't fit on the x2's. then i hammered it in very lightly around the edges. Just kinda tapped it and it just slid right in. i didnt dent them or anything.


ill have the suspension tech at work make sure i did everything right.
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Old thread that doesn't seem like it got answered.
I had a very similar experience a couple years ago when I did the 03 Cobra brake upgrade to my 93.
I put standard 95 ball joints in my stock a arms and they went in without a press. They weren't so loose that they would fall out but light tapping got them in. My car was like that for 2 summers without any issues. The factory a arms holes are most likely just worn.

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