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Dan Cluley

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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2009, 11:59:54 PM »

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That's compared to emptying Lake Erie with a thimble. 
 Who needs a thimble?  Niagra Falls do it so nicely.
 
 
Obviously not the most direct route, but it got the job done using the tools and skills I already had.
 
 
The good news, everything is finally back together.  (Once I realised the boots have to be pressed on as well, and I remembered to put the calipers back in place before bolting the control arms to the frame.)
 
 
 
The bad news is, everytime I fix something I realise that something else needs replacing.
 
Didn't notice slop in the upper ball joints until I did the upper bushings.
 
Now that I have nice new ball joints, I'm noticing a tiny bit of slop in one of the lower ball jonts.  Worse than that, the idler arm is definitely shot.  I replaced the pitman arm last year, and I think I would have noticed the idler then. 
 
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2009, 12:52:25 PM »

Ah, the joys of owning an older car, eh what?

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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2009, 05:38:19 PM »

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Ah, the joys of owning an older car, eh what?
 
 
But they are so much easier to work on than the newer ones
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Arlen Vander Hoff

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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2009, 02:28:58 PM »

Oh well I'm too late again!!! I have a compressor and an Impact Dan,for future projects!! Good job though using things you already had and your brain!!!
I still owe you some help so maybe next time.
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2009, 10:39:46 AM »

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But they are so much easier to work on than the newer ones
 
That depends on what the new car is and what you're doing.  I recently swapped all stuts, did a complete front brake job, and changed the driver's side front wheel bearing on the old Stratus.  I spent less time performing all four of those jobs than I did swapping the brakes on my Newport.  When you consider that in order to swap the front struts on a Stratus you must disasemble the front suspension, that's quite a difference.
 
However, the same job on a Honda would require the pressing on and off of that same bearing.
 
Also, I would do three disk brake jobs a day as opposed to one drum brake job a month.  I don't think older necessarily means easier.
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Dan Cluley

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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2009, 02:26:58 AM »

Arlen, I will keep that in mind.  I didn't remember seeing one in the garage, but then we didn't really need it.
 
Picked up the idler arm today, that looks pretty straight forward, just need a dry day.
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2009, 09:28:14 AM »

I didn't go back and look.  If you are swapping the idler arm, are you also going to swap the Pitman arm?  If so, you will need a Pitman Arm Puller, plus a very large deep socket for the nut that holds it on.  I don't rememebr the size.
 
As for the puller I learned an important lesson - don't buy the cheap one!  A bonus that comes with the puller is it's the perfect size to remove the steering knuckle from the upper ball-joint on a '96 Stratus! 
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« Reply #22 on: July 01, 2009, 02:05:56 AM »

Actually I did the pitman arm last year.  At the time the idler seemed ok.   The puller also works nicely on the Dart  ball joint/knuckle.  Much less drama than a pickle fork and big hammer.
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