Re: [DML] Super Strength Ball Joints
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Re: [DML] Super Strength Ball Joints



Add mine to the list, that makes 3.  Mine was something that 
couldn't be detected, the metal post (not sure if I'm saying that 
right) sheared in half.  And I can remember reading about at least 4 
others on this list.  Mine wasn't the original when it broke.  I 
subsequently had it fixed by one of the major Delorean vendors, and 
4 months later the alignment shop noticed it was bad - if they 
didn't notice it there was the potential for a future disaster, all 
along with me thinking that since I just had it replaced 4 months 
earlier it must be OK (the alignment shop didn't do that type of 
work, they weren't trying to get more work from it, actually 
wouldn't align the car until I had it fixed elsewhere).  I sent it 
back to the vendor and they replaced it free (another good reason to 
use a Delorean vendor for parts and service).  I'd bet DMCH, PJ 
Grady, John Hervey and others have some better insight into how many 
they've seen break.  Again, these are cars that aren't really driven 
much, that's the statistical key here.  All I'm suggesting is that 
for parts that have potentially deadly consequences if they fail, 
that if a "super" strength part was available, I'd pay more, alot 
more.  If the consequence is minor, such as an alternator failing or 
fuel pump breaking, I'll take my chances since it should only 
involve a tow truck and some embarrasment.

--- 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 !!!!!
> 
> Elvis & 6548
> 
> 
> 
> 
> If you haven't heard of ball joints breaking then you haven't read 
> enough about Deloreans.  And, most importantly, considering the 
cars 
> are NOT driven that much, the fact that it's reported as much as 
it 
> is shows there's a problem.  Imagine that these cars were driven 
like 
> normal cars, say 10,000 miles per year.  If there were 5,000 cars 
out 
> there, that would be 50 MILLION MILES a year.  You'd hear about 
ball 
> joints breaking all the time, and they'd probably ban the cars 
from 
> the road as safety hazards.  I have mine checked each time I get 
my 
> oil changed, and it still worries me based on everything I've 
read, 
> given the consequences if it happens at speed.  There are lots of 
web 
> sites available to read up on stuff like this.
>









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