Ball Joint Amazement

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Ball Joint Amazement

Post by vwlover77 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:39 am

I replaced the passenger side ball joint boots this past weekend (fun! :flower: ). They were both torn, but the driver's side are just fine. Strange.

Anyway, I have a huge stack of repair receipts for the Bus across its entire 250,000+ mile history with no record of ball joint replacement.

I was shocked, and pleasantly surprised, to discover NO play whatsoever in either joint on the passenger side. I'm assuming the driver's side should be in similar condition.

Given all the horror stories about replacement joints, I'm very happy.

Did I just get lucky, were the joints replaced at some point, or is this typical?

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Re: Ball Joint Amazement

Post by Bleyseng » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:57 am

Looks like someone install grease fittings so that sure helps! Fresh grease and keeping the dirt out with sealed boots will make em last and last.
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Post by vwlover77 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:02 pm

That someone was me, but it was done only a few years / miles ago - small percentage of the total.
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Post by wcfvw69 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:14 pm

When I replaced the original ball joints in my bus, I saw that they had a VW logo stamped on them at the top. Does your ball joints have the VW logo?

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