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Pinch Bolt Style Ball Joint Installation Tip

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Installing a ball joint equipped with a pinch bolt calls for some extra attention. Read on to learn an important tip for installing the steering knuckle on a MOOG® pinch bolt style ball joint.

Keeping Everything Straight

Ball joint installation - centering steering knuckle.

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When installing the steering knuckle, take care to make sure it is centered with the recessed area of the ball joint.

Figure 2
If you install the steering knuckle too high, the pinch bolt will ride up higher than the recessed area where it should sit...

Ball joint installation - proper placement of pinch bolt.

Figure 3
If you install it too low, it will ride on the bottom.

Figure 4
Once you have placed the steering knuckle on the ball joint, take a look inside the hole; you should see the recessed area of the ball joint if it is installed correctly.

Ball joint installation - correctly seating steering knuckle.

Figure 5
Once you have placed the steering knuckle on the ball joint, take a look inside the hole; you should see the recessed area of the ball joint if it is installed correctly.

MOOG® Ball Joints – Long-Lasting Dependability

Known as The Problem Solver®, MOOG ball joints are designed, tested and manufactured for easy installation and a perfect fit right out of the box.

MOOG Pinch Style Ball Joint.
  • Premium Polychloroprene Sealed Boot with Grease-Relief Valve
    Stands up to environmental extremes and allows contaminants to be flushed.
  • Powdered-Metal Gusher Bearing Technology
    Provides strength and stability and allows grease to flow through bearing surface for reduced friction and long life.
  • Full-Ball Hardened Stud w/Grease Grooves
    Promotes longer life and smooth articulation.
  • One-Piece Forged Housing
    Provides durability and strength.
  • Belleville Washer Pre-Load
    Ensures tight tolerances.
  • Greaseable Design
    MOOG ball joints are designed to make lubrication service easier, contributing to longer component life.
  • Pressed-in Patented Cover Plate Design
    Compressed into place, its placement within the housing virtually eliminates excess axial and radial movement of the full ball stud, securing a solid steering feel for the life of the part.

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