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Just bought one, but I bought it from here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laser-5531-B...er+socket+5531

Cheaper AND free delivery makes it around 14 cheaper than the e-bay one.
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Well done CJJ, just one question. Is it this ball joint thats makes that rattling sound when on roughy surface?
My car make that sound and it sounds like something is loose on the steering rack.
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Just bought one, but I bought it from here http://www.amazon.co.uk/Laser-5531-B...er+socket+5531

Cheaper AND free delivery makes it around 14 cheaper than the e-bay one.

I managed to do both front and rear with this

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191007015610

I didn't know the rears were deeper until I went to remove them, plus I'd bought 4 front ball joints as ECP didn't specify either when I ordered them.

Having got the correct ones I had to hover the socket in the impact wrench and ratchet but as said it worked, probably about 2 or 3mm to play with lol


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Thanks for that. I think the squares are used on other cars.
Cheers, incidentally my local tool shop have got the socket in stock for 15
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It is a possibility. You would be best jacking your car up and putting it on axle stands, then try and move the wheel to see if there is any play anywhere.
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Mine only showed up when I had the car on axle stands with the handbrake on tightening the wheelnut - enough force to get a bit of movement.

I couldn't feel any play just by moving the wheel - maybe not strong enough !

I bought this one : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2713263883...84.m1497.l2649
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I made this out of a length of square tubing.

It lets you get a good grip on the hub and still be able to see all of the joints and bushes etc.





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Good plan CJJ , think I will do the same - then go looking for impact gun challenges!
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Well done CJJ, just one question. Is it this ball joint thats makes that rattling sound when on roughy surface?
My car make that sound and it sounds like something is loose on the steering rack.

Hi,
check the lower shockabsorber bush, it could have slipped.
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6 years later. Same job, different car.


The LE500 had a few points picked up on the MOT. Ball joints and TREs showing wear.


Not failures, but I like to stay on top of these things.





Had the use of a nice bit of kit which made short work of the ball joints.





You can see the difference in depth between the socket for the front ball joints and the one for the rears.


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