LIFE OF A BALL JOINT

2002 BMW 325

Tiny

Tim Keenan

April, 20, 2011 AT 2:31 PM

I replaced both front ball joints and struts in October, 2010. My car won't pass inspection because of my front ball joints and struts. 2002 BMW 325xi

4 Answers

Tiny

caradiodoc

April, 20, 2011 AT 7:53 PM

Did they say what the problem was?

Tiny

Tim Keenan

April, 20, 2011 AT 8:07 PM

They just said that they were worn and they had too much movement.

Tiny

Tim Keenan

April, 20, 2011 AT 8:16 PM

They just said they were worn and had a lot of movement.

Tiny

caradiodoc

April, 20, 2011 AT 9:32 PM

It appears I looked up the wrong model previously. Do you have a lower ball joint that is part of a long curved control arm? If that joint is non-greasable and is held together with injected rubber, they are a high-failure design, but they will still last many years.

Where are you located that they are so picky with inspections? There are a lot of cars on the road, Fords in particular, that can be fine in an inspection, and have steering parts break a few hundred miles later. Lot of good those inspections do. I guess I would want to either have them show me what it is about those parts that offends them or I would return to the place that replaced the parts and have them explain why there is nothing wrong with them. New parts DO have a warranty because every once in a while new parts do fail.

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