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Yes and yes. A-Frame balljoint will fail under suspension component, and tyres rubbing on the radius arm will fail on steering (?). The lock stops are adjusted as follows -

Jack both front wheels off the ground and turn the steering to full lock. One wheel will be on the lock stop, and the other will not. Slacken the 19mm head lock nut and undo the 19mm head bolt until the gap between the nearest edge of the tyre and the radius arm on that side is 25mm (an inch in old money). Turn the steering to the opposite lock and do the same. When you lower the vehicle back down, the gap will be reduced by more than half. If your steering wheel is then off-centre when the vehicle is in the straight ahead position, you may have to remove the steering wheel and re-centre it, but an off-centre steering wheel is not an MOT issue.

The lock stop is the large bolt - below centre of this picture.

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Les.

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Yes and yes. A-Frame balljoint will fail under suspension component, and tyres rubbing on the radius arm will fail on steering (?). The lock stops are adjusted as follows -

Jack both front wheels off the ground and turn the steering to full lock. One wheel will be on the lock stop, and the other will not. Slacken the 19mm head lock nut and undo the 19mm head bolt until the gap between the nearest edge of the tyre and the radius arm on that side is 25mm (an inch in old money). Turn the steering to the opposite lock and do the same. When you lower the vehicle back down, the gap will be reduced by more than half. If your steering wheel is then off-centre when the vehicle is in the straight ahead position, you may have to remove the steering wheel and re-centre it, but an off-centre steering wheel is not an MOT issue.

The lock stop is the large bolt - below centre of this picture.

Les.

Thanks for this Les

Any idea how much a garage would charge for the ball joint replacement? I may as well get the bushes done whilst its out...

Cheers

Phil

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just read on another forum (can post link if needed) that the ball join can only be removed on a press (something about 48 tonnes of pressure was needed!!!) and it cost about £80 to remove the old and put in the new ones.

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You can belt the old one out with a hammer, but the new one has to be pressed in to avoid damaging it. If you take the empty housing and the new joint to a garage, they will press it in for a tenner or so. I don't know about 48tons - most garages only have a 15-ton floor standing press and in my experience this is more than enough to do the job.

Les.

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I changed one on a 1994 disco only last week, £18 for the ball joint but what a pig to remove, first had to cut long bolts off, then chisel the castle nut in half then hammer and press and heat to remove the ball. took best part of all day, would have cost a load in a garage.

But like others have said it might be a lot easyer. Have fun :P

Steve

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