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I was on a roll replacing the UCA's. Thanks to all of those that recommended the 18mm wrench, it makes life very easy. Anyways, I was pretty much finishing up, about to try to bolt the passengers side UCA to the fender, when I couldn't move the UCA. The balljoint is not moving at all. I put in on a work table and managed to make it move but with a lot of force. The drivers side UCA moved with ease, but this one is stuck. Is this a defective unit? or does it need more grease? :confused:
 

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murcielago said:
I was on a roll replacing the UCA's. Thanks to all of those that recommended the 18mm wrench, it makes life very easy. Anyways, I was pretty much finishing up, about to try to bolt the passengers side UCA to the fender, when I couldn't move the UCA. The balljoint is not moving at all. I put in on a work table and managed to make it move but with a lot of force. The drivers side UCA moved with ease, but this one is stuck. Is this a defective unit? or does it need more grease? :confused:
The joints should come pre-greased. If there is a fitting on the new ones, definately pump some grease in them. The fit between the ball and socket is pretty tight - it's supposed to be. If one of your new ones is flopping around, it might be defective.
 

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it is very tight when brand new and you should be glad about it. move and exercise it for few times and once all the grease mix and penetrate around the ball joint and it will be easier to move. it is suppose to be tight but it will lossened up.
 

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I pumped some more grease in there and left it overnight. I came back today in the morning and it is still very tight. It's almost as if it's welded into the arm. I would figure that I would be able to move it with my own hand somewhat, but it does not..... Embalmer are you saying that if the other one was real loose it might be defective? Thanks for all the help.
 

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I pumped some more grease in there and left it overnight. I came back today in the morning and it is still very tight. It's almost as if it's welded into the arm. I would figure that I would be able to move it with my own hand somewhat, but it does not..... Embalmer are you saying that if the other one was real loose it might be defective? Thanks for all the help.
If it's REAL loose, it might be defective, but I wouldn't bet on it. The actual tightness of the new ball joint can vary due to production tolerances. They will break in.

Just because you can't move it with your hand doesn't mean it's defective. Think about how much force your car exerts on it versus how much you can exert with your hands. Not even comparable. If you're really worried about it, grab it with a crescent wrench so you can put some leverage on it without harming it. Then see if it moves. If so, grease it up and put it in.

Also, when I replaced my control arms, the ball joints didn't come pregreased.
 

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Mission complete..... I ended up adding more grease to it, and then just maneuvered it with a bar to bolt it to the fender..... thanks to all who posted..... the car feels a lot smoother over the bumpy roads...... next up PBR brake upgrade.....
 
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