[ROVERNET - UK] Front Suspension/Upper Ball Joint

Vern Klukas vern at inkspotco.com
Fri Nov 16 18:38:29 GMT 2007

>Good Day.
>I'm going through my suspension. Shocks, boots, repack bearings. All 
>the steering side rod and bottom link strut assembly boots were 
>shot. Pounded on those rod ends with a pickle fork to get them off 
>to no avail. Put some heat on them and they then came out with ease. 
>Ruth gave me the hot tip to call Moss Motors and get the boots for 
>an Austin Healy part 262-220. Worked beautifully.
>Thank goodness that  3 out of 4 ball joint boots are fine. One is 
>shot. Cannot find any kind of boot, split or otherwise that will 
>work. Ordered a new ball joint from Ruth.
>Reading the manual it's not clear to me about removal of an upper 
>ball joint. Somehow the front spring pressure has to be dealt with, 

The shock will compress and limit the spring. Then some additional 
downward force on the upright will move the lower links down 
sufficent to slip the taper out of the upper link, just like the 
manual says.


>  The manual says touse a suitable lever on bottom link to hold it 
>downward. Shouldn't I be prying up on the top link assembly right 
>next to where the ball joint stem is.
>I appreciate your comments.
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Vern Klukas                             I'm a little . . .
Inkspot Type & Design
vern at inkspotco.com

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