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The dust boot isn`t touched if you do it right.... (archive)

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Posted by John A on February 20, 2002 at 20:58:08:

In Reply to: Re: What? How does that treat the dust boot? posted by eric_m3 on February 20, 2002 at 08:10:08:

...It wouldn`t seem so strange if you tried it, or read about it in the Bentley E30 manual. You grab over the bottom of the ball joint and reach up to the strut housing or the subframe. You don`t grab where the boot is. Squeezing the pliers will put more force on the joint than grabbing the wheel and tugging. Either the inner or outer joint can be replaced on the steel control arms.
88 ///M3 Cinnabar

That seems a little strange to me.

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.


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