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2009 1.4 i20

Sadly the boot for strut ball joint has split and appears to be pressed into the arm rather than bolted.

Does it require a whole new arm?
 

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There's no play on the joint yet but the rubber boot has a big split in it so its only going to last so long.

I've discovered that the ball joint is a spline fit in the arm and retained by a circlip, so have ordered a ball joint.
 

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Need a press to get them out?

Know probably not the correct area to post the following, but:
As I read the various threads, I've got to give a shout out for all the time Gerard 2 spends posting illustrations and giving diagnostic possibilities.

KEEP IT GOING as many can learn from the replies.
 

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Thanks for the above diagram!

Its when I looked on the Borg & Beck website under Front Suspension parts for the i20, I learnt the ball joint is available as a separate item. If its to press in to the arm, I'll use the trolley jack as a press.
 

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Spent yesterday trying to fit the new ball joint but a complete waste of time. The base of the ball joint is splined but the part I received was not so simply would not fit.

I'm sending it back for refund and have informed the part manufacturer about the error. I'm going to get a replacement arm instead which should take about 30 minutes to fit.
 

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It does end that way sometimes. I have a couple of i30. I decided to rebush the arms on one. The front large bush, came out and back in easy. Someone with a workshop giving me a hand. the smaller rear bush, near impossible, ended up burning the rubber out and cutting the retainer and still fought to the end. The next car, I found some OEM arms new for $80 a piece( now $160) yes, much more relaxed and incident free. Stay away from Febest, I had a pair of ball joints boots disintegrate in 12 months. it was embarassing arguing with the front end specialist for wheel alignment that they were ok and then had a look to my horror. A set of OEM went back in and I only did them because I did the bushes and thought let's be thorougho_O
 

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The problem, I believe, is that the parts are actually 3rd party manufactured and the brands are merely distributors.

I suppose the solution is to go a main dealer and pay their prices or research who has the contract with the car brand to manufacture their parts and buy from them. Mann, for example, supply VW with filters.
 

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I've fitted a MOOG brand suspension arm which seems decent quality. A local motor factor had it in stock. Had to get the car tracked of course but all now seem well. Thanks All for posting!

A quote from the MOOG website,
"MOOG® was founded in the USA in 1919 and was launched in Europe in 2001 to much acclaim. Today, MOOG is a trusted Steering & Suspension parts brand, and is also recognised internationally for its high-quality chassis parts."
 
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