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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:20 pm    Post subject: '97 MPV 2WD - ball joints Reply with quote

Jr e-mailed me @ work the week before last, with a distressing photo - the passenger-side ball joint had broken while he was parallel-parking.

On my advice, he got CAA to tow the old beast over to my house and leave it in the driveway.

I was not able to set the separated ball on top of the socket for the short drive back into the garage, and so did the work on that side in the driveway. Fortunately, it wasn't too cold considering the time of year.

Anyway, I was unable to remove the tapered shaft and ball from the steering knuckle, and had to remove the entire steering knuckle. I tried a press, and beating on both knuckle and shaft, and four types of penetrating oil - no way! My wife took the knuckle to a machine shop, and they removed it. Drilled it out? Not sure.

So then I took a vacation day last week, reinstalled that side, and backed the van into the garage. Yay, heat!

Figured if one side was gone, the other was not far behind, and ran into the same issue. This time, though, I did a bit more research, and found people consistently recommending this tool:

Bought it, and it worked great! (FWIW, it looks very much like the Mazda SST in the factory service manual.)

Changed the outer tie-rod ends at the same time, as the boots were shot.

The old beast is back on the road @ 335K km, and feels good.

Used Moog ProblemSolver lower control arms w/ integrated ball joints, and was pleased to see that (contrary to the boxes, which said 'Made in China') that they were made in Japan. Looked very OEM. Fellow canucks, I got these from PartSource.

Many Mazdas over the years, including two 1st-gen MPVs
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