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Mark of DistinctionWed Mar-05-08 11:12 AM
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OK, we have two links going on the subject of ball joint failure. Let's bring them together.

The first link is this one:

http://www.markviii.org/htdocs/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=25&topic_id=20978&mesg_id=&page=&mode=full#21209

And Steve_LSC offers this pic:



The 2nd link is this one:
http://www.markviii.org/htdocs/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=10&topic_id=60336&mesg_id=60336&page=

And if you follow the links given, Bob_98_LSC offers these pics from his 88K mile Mark. And they are damned scary (Yahoo will not me just link the pics so you need to go there to see them).

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bob_harden/album?.dir=5337&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bob_harden/my_photos

The ball just pulled out of the socket! It looks like the metal cap that holds the ball in the socket just gave way and separated.

What I would like to know is WHY? Why effing why? What caused this metal to fail? Did the greaseless ball joint go dry? Bob said he had no warning noises. The failed part is hidden under a rubber dust boot. What do we need to be looking for?

We have two Marks down for apparently the same thing and others bring stories of T-Birds losing ball joints. And the Mark and the Bird use the same LCA.

Is there a defect to the design? Were these Ford OEM LCAs failing or aftermarket parts?

If everything looks tip-top, what do we need to be looking for? How can it be attributed to maintenence when it is a greaseless ball joint?

88K miles and no warning signs.

I have lots of questions. Go look at those pics. You will have questions,too.


MOD aka "another Craig"
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1993 Light Mocha

  

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ZYDAThu Nov-10-05 09:54 PM
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#1. "RE: Ball Joint Failure"
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I have the same questions you do... I will wait on the experts to give their opinion. I hear a squeak\grind when I turn the steering wheel... It happens if the car is in motion or standing still with the motor running. I am a bit concerned...

  

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RE: Ball Joint Failure, Jeremi, Nov 10th 2005, #2
      RE: Ball Joint Failure, ZYDA, Nov 11th 2005, #3
      RE: Ball Joint Failure, Mark of Distinction, Nov 11th 2005, #4
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, callouie, Nov 11th 2005, #5
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, billcu, Nov 11th 2005, #6
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, Avu3, Nov 11th 2005, #7
                RE: Ball Joint Failure, BlackIceLSC, Nov 11th 2005, #8
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, Jeremi, Nov 11th 2005, #9
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, mehta, Nov 12th 2005, #10
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, Mark of Distinction, Nov 18th 2005, #12
           RE: Ball Joint Failure, Kevinande, Nov 13th 2005, #11
                RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, jacky2wacky, Nov 20th 2005, #13
                     RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, 95XJSTOPAZ, Nov 20th 2005, #14
                          RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, 94MkVIII, Nov 21st 2005, #15
                               RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, Roadboss, Nov 21st 2005, #16
                                    RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, jacky2wacky, Nov 21st 2005, #17
                                         RE: Ball Joint Failure-LCA PART#, bigkevin, Dec 08th 2005, #18

Bob TurnerSat Dec-17-05 05:12 PM
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#19. "RE: Ball Joint Failure"
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THANK YOU for this post!!!

I haven't been around markvii.org for a while- I am needing tires and an alignment, so I ordered both upper control arms (front) last week. I converted the car over to struts and coil springs last year and since the rear is 1.5" or so higher then it should be, I pulled one coil spring out today and cut a coil off. I'll do the other side tomorrow.

After reading this, I am going to replace the lower control arms as well. Anyone know how much they are as a complete assembly (front)?

Thanks again,

Bob Turner

1998 Lincoln Mark VIII 167,126 miles Owned since April 2003.
Refuse get rid of it even though I have a 2008 Acura TL in the garage with 32,000 on it!!!

  

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RE: Ball Joint Failure, mag1119, Dec 26th 2005, #20
RE: Ball Joint Failure, calviroman, Dec 27th 2005, #21
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