yea, the ball and joint completely separated. I believe I dropped the ball on this one by not keep up with front-end lub as I do the rest of my routine maintainance. I have added it to my regular schedule and will top off all the fitting every 3rd or 4th oil change. Luckly I was less then a mile from my house when it failed.
Chalk it up as a lesson learned
Originally posted by LarryCigar: WHY only grease at every 3rd or 4th oil change?
FE parts/labor are NOT cheap, besides being "Life & Death Components"!
Grease IS cheap, I grease at every change.
Now inspect ALL other FE parts, because if one went bad........YOU KNOW!!
You'll also need Alignment.
I get a little reluctant sometimes when it comes to grease, Ive had the dust shield split on me before there was any seepige(spelling?). I will indeed check them every oil change. Thanks for the advice. The alignment shop called and said it was ready to go so that is taken care of although he did tell me I would need an new idler arm soon:/
The only marks on the frame are from tire rub if I have to make a full turns. The car is pretty low with the ST springs, but it never hits the bump stops as far as I can tell.
Zack, you been in the world long enough to know nothing is 100%.
I've been using Moog for 20-25 years with no probs.
You gonna guarantee those foreign outta space FE parts don't break if they're not greased?
Btw E, before I grease the Ball Joints, I feel the Boots to see if they're firm. If they are[tells you it's still packed w/grease], I skip that Joint.
You don't have popping Boot concern with Center Link, Tie Rods, or Idler. These you grease untill you see some grease come out of Boot.
Hope I informed some members, on method & importance of FE lubrication.