In Reply to: Check the ball joints by putting the car on a .... posted by John A on February 19, 2002 at 23:12:12:
Yeh put the car on jackstands or whatever you like and grab the wheel w/ both hanc\ds and see if there is any play in the wheel.PUsh the top hand in and pull the bottom hand out, you see?
If you feel play (like a bearing gone bad) then grab the wife or a friend and show them what you did. While they do that you can just put your fingers on the ball joint and feel if the play is there or at the center control arm joint.
Regardless of which is the culprit, replace the whole arm if you track drive at all.IF the end ball joint is bad and center is good then you can get the ball joint replaced.
Your car will fell much more precise and tight to steering inputs and the suspensions reaction to loads.It will now feel like an M3 not a 325.
Remember to get the offset control arm bushing and be careful about the orientation of it when you install on the control arm.