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TECHSTOP 10: The Effect of Weight on a Vehicle – Ball Joint Inspection


Before the process of checking the ball joint for wear, there are two important items to identify:

  1. Firstly it has to be established whether the ball joint is Load Carrying or Locating by following the weight path.
  2. Is it a

(a) Friction or Spring Loaded type, usually using a “Bellville” type tensioner, or is it an

(b)“Encapsulated” type of ball joint, this type, generally is not fitted with a grease nipple.

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