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Old 09-03-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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breaking down my car and noticed that the ball links for my steering arms are tight and don't move too freely. They have always sqeaked but they are binding a little.


Would grease free them up? what do you guys do if anything?
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anything?

guess i will just grease them and see what happens.
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Depends on the lubrication. Most do not grease or lube them as the lube/grease will attract dirt, which will possibly bind up the joints more. I suppose if you took a real thick gob of grease enough to coat the ball and build a protective layer over the ball cup, that may be fine.
Most will simply replace the cup to free it up, or you can squeeze the ballcup with needle nose a little to oblong the seat of the cup.
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WD40 after a good washing will free them up
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breaking down my car and noticed that the ball links for my steering arms are tight and don't move too freely. They have always sqeaked but they are binding a little.


Would grease free them up? what do you guys do if anything?
Dreaux, dont lube em. I know exactly what you are talking about as my buggy was the same way. Just take a body reamer and make the smallest pass through each turnbuckle end. You dont want to make to much because then they will pop off to easy. When this is done right the squeaks are gone and everything pivots and moves freely.
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If you squeeze the ball end with a pair of plyers it will usually free it up....if the ball is seizing or getting real tight over time and the ball does not break in.....replace the plastic.....ive had new ball ends out of the package that were overly tight compared to the next one i try...so its kinda hit and miss with the plastics.

DO NOT use grease.....it Will only attract dirt and cause the ball end to wear out....Any form of lube that will come into contact with the race dirt should be a dry film type lube....the Odonnell lube is a wax based which also attracts dirt...so does sullivan dry ice.....there are a few lubes you can use that wont attract dirt but they must be a dry film type.
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Dry teflon lube would work.


Most grease, as stated, attracts dirt. If you get a whole bunch of dirt in there it'll just act like sandpaper; the natural motion of the ball/ball-end will be like scrubbing both parts with sandpaper.


Same thing happens with hingepins. Keep them reamed out and clean or you'll wear out the pin itself and the whole in the A-arm. It sucks balls.
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If you squeeze the ball end with a pair of plyers it will usually free it up....if the ball is seizing or getting real tight over time and the ball does not break in.....replace the plastic.....ive had new ball ends out of the package that were overly tight compared to the next one i try...so its kinda hit and miss with the plastics.

DO NOT use grease.....it Will only attract dirt and cause the ball end to wear out....Any form of lube that will come into contact with the race dirt should be a dry film type lube....the Odonnell lube is a wax based which also attracts dirt...so does sullivan dry ice.....there are a few lubes you can use that wont attract dirt but they must be a dry film type.
the new links fit better
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spray on graphite lube works well for things like this. It drys and is nice and slick and wont attract dirt.

I use this stuff, http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...o/4290386.html
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spray on graphite lube works well for things like this. It drys and is nice and slick and wont attract dirt.

I use this stuff, http://www.popularmechanics.com/auto...o/4290386.html



exact stuff i use on my CVD's...but i would not recommend it for the ball ends.
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