[DML] Re: Super Strength Ball Joints + Lower Conrol Arms
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[DML] Re: Super Strength Ball Joints + Lower Conrol Arms

We do not hear about lower control arms breaking all the time either.
It does happen occasionally. I believe many, if not most, lower
control arm failures can be traced back to improperly handling the
car, either by towing or by hooking on them to yank the car onto a
flat-bed. They WILL NOT survive if they have been bent by a recovery
hook. On many foreign cars there are explicit warnings against pulling
on suspension parts. They are not made for that kind of force.
Unfortunetly many tow truck operators don't even look. They will get
on one knee and lift the hook up into the chassis and when it stops
they think they have it hooked. They rip brake hoses, C/V boots, ball
joint seals, whatever. The unsuspecting owner never figures out where
the damage came from. Pulling a Delorean by it's lower control arms is
VERY BAD. The ONLY place to pull the car is by the hooks on the frame
just behind the crumple tubes. If the frame is too rusted to pull
there (or they are missing) then you have to pull directly on the
frame somewhere. I admit it can be difficult to hook up a Delorean
correctly, especially in the dark, in the rain, in traffic and the
operator is in a hurry and doesn't look because the car is so low to
the ground. He has to actually lay on the ground to do it right and
most won't.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757  

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Elvis Nocita" <elvisnocita@...> wrote:
> In about 4 years I only heared of two ball joints breaking:
> mine and the one from Tom.
> Mine (and aftermarket part from a VW) only broke because the
> nyloc nut got loose - I didn't install the recall thing as I 
> didn't want to drill in it. So it was my fault.
> I don't believe that there is anything to worry about them.
> If you wanna be worried look at the lower control arms that 
> tend to brake with age !!!!!

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