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Ball joint question and a warning!
I went through my wife's d30 front axle on her Scrambler the other day, and while putting new ball joints in, I ran into a problem getting the adjusting sleeve threaded down into the yoke after installing the knuckle.-The sleeve kept getting jammed against the stud with 2-3 threads exposed ABOVE the yoke.
After cursing it for about an hour, I went to bed and tried again the next morning. After alot of thought, the only thing I could think of was that the sleeve didn't have the taper machined into it. I looked at it, and it didn't!
I went back to the parts store to exchange the sleeve and showed it to the nice man behind the counter. He pulled another box from stock, and THAT one had a non-machined sleeve, also! The next box had a good sleeve so I took it home and finished the job.
Moral of the story is to check the adjusting sleeve on the ball stud before I leave the parts store next time this job comes around. It would have saved me alot of grief.
Now for the question. I searched for "ball joint" here while trying to find the problem, and got reminded of the problem with the snap rings that are included with the joints.
None of the lower joints I have ever installed protruded far enough out the bottem of the yoke to expose the snap ring groove. (I installed 'em with a 12 ton press into freshly sandblasted parts so I know the are seated properly)
I just figured the snap rings were for another application. Am I missing something here?
And on the upper ball joint, I've had to cut the snap ring down to get it to fit, because their isn't enough flat area around the ball joint to get the entire ring in.
Am I missing something here, as well??
Bob in Ma