Author Topic: Lower control arm ball joint rubber  (Read 676 times)

May 01, 2017, 01:20:09 PM
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Wynandd

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Wow, a mouth full!

I was wondering if there's a way to replace the lower control arm, (wheel side) rubber, without removing it from the suspension? I noticed mine has perished and needs to be replaced.
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Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

May 01, 2017, 06:39:26 PM
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berndp

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Wow, a mouth full!



Don't know what you are meaning here, but thinking in pictures........................ 
;D ;D

Send a pic please.
Have not seen the SH suspension.
Maybe someone can make up poly bushes?
« Last Edit: May 01, 2017, 06:42:40 PM by berndp »
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
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May 02, 2017, 07:06:22 AM
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Wynandd

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Just my description....a mouth full!

I'm not near the car, as I'm in Qatar and the car in PE, South Africa... I'm referring to the ball joint rubber boot, not the bush. The joint itself seems fine, when I had it jacked up, I felt it and there was no play.
Ex - 2007 Subaru Forester XS
Ex - 2008 Subaru Forester XT
Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

May 02, 2017, 08:21:42 AM
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berndp

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You can't replace the rubber AFAIK. It's part of the joint.
Why is the rubber broken??
If you can move the joint by hand, it's worn out.
If you can feel play on it, it's way past it's useable life.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
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May 02, 2017, 08:28:13 AM
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Wynandd

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As I said in my reply, I felt the joint and there's no play. The rubber has perished and needs replacement. I know there are some rubbers that are open on one side that can stick around a joint, without having to disassemble the lower control arm.
Ex - 2007 Subaru Forester XS
Ex - 2008 Subaru Forester XT
Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

May 02, 2017, 09:18:36 AM
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berndp

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Not sure on the SH model, but the SG's balljoint is quite easy to remove. No need to strip the suspension.
And because the ball joint sits in a round "clamp" at the top, and a taper at the bottom, there are no alignment issues when replacing.

You will need normal spanners, probably a pliers and hammer (& punch maybe) to get the splitpin out, and a bigger hammer + wood... to get the balljoint out. The toughest job would be to get the taper end(bottom on the SG) out.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
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May 02, 2017, 09:30:33 AM
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Wynandd

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Ok, perhaps best to ask my wife take it to someone to have a look... Thanks for the input, anyways!
Ex - 2007 Subaru Forester XS
Ex - 2008 Subaru Forester XT
Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

May 02, 2017, 09:48:58 PM
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berndp

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 :o :o :o
The wife taking your ball(joint) to someone to look at ? ? ? ?
You are brave/trusting/crazy/......  ;D ;D ;D

Joking.

Honestly, if that boot is perished, the damage is done. So, no need for any hasty decisions.
I'm sure it's not that far gone (".....I felt it and there was no play.......") that it will just fall apart.
Might cause slight play on steering, a bit more drift while driving, but nothing serious.
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
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May 03, 2017, 09:16:30 AM
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Wynandd

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I must say I've not felt it whilst driving, only saw it, just before I left to come here, a month ago. I actually clean forgot, until I came to the forum again...!

My wife is driving the Foz at the moment and complaining bitterly about the fuel consumption... I feel safer with her driving that than her Spark, which I call the "skateboard"... :-)
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Current - 2010 Subaru Forester XT

May 03, 2017, 03:27:22 PM
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berndp

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Mine were just about wobbling like one of those littel dogs with the loose neck, in the back window of the 70's.
There was no play to be noticed on the ball joint itself.

The new ones i fitted can't be moved by hand......
Subaru Forester 2005 2.5 Xsel
Always looking for a tar free "road"
Brackenfell, W'Cape