The front suspension contains an Anti-Roll bar which keeps the front end from
having too much body roll. The ends of this torsion bar are connected to the front
of each Front Suspension.
The picture at below shows a schematic of the front suspension.
These ball joints are stressed by everyday driving and, like all ball joints,
are prone to failure from old-age and fatigue.
While installing my new exhaust system, I noticed one of my front anti-roll
bar ball joints starting to come apart. Well it popped out while driving in the
hills at the Elan Gathering and was banging on the front suspension occasionally.
Luckily I had seen this problem starting to develop so I was not too surprised.
I stopped the car, turned the wheel out to get a better view, and confirmed the
joint had separated.
I called my local dealer, Platinum
Motors, and was happy to hear they would send me a new ball joint right away.
It came the next day: $105 !!
Difficulty level = 1 out of 5
- 1 hour
- a new ball joint (they are NOT sided)
- a socket wrench
- a 17mm socket and 3/4 inch socket
- a torque wrench
- your Elan jack and tire iron
Possible Additional things:
- Loctite for replacing the bolts (optional)
- a wire brush to clean the dirty parts
- a second floor jack
Replacing The Ball Joint
- Jack the front side in question up and remove the front wheel.
- Do not scrape the front surface of the wheel while setting it aside.
- Locate the bad Ball Joint.
- Use a 17mm socket to remove the connection nut from the anti-roll bar to the
- Use a 3/4 inch socket to remove the connection nut from the end of the ball
- Gently tap the old ball joint stud out with a screwdriver and allow the screwdriver
to remain temporarily in the place of the ball joint stud!! This will assure the
suspension stays all in place and allows for easy insertion of the new ball joint.
- Insert the new ball joint from the front and it will push the screwdriver
out the back as it goes into place. You may need to jiggle the suspension to allow
the stud to pass into place more easily.
- Now you will likely need to use a floor jack--place it directly under the
lower wishbone and use the jack to lift the suspension vertically. This will raise
the ball joint up to the level of the anti-roll bar to allow placement of the
washer and nut back into place.
- Replace the 17mm nut and washer and torque to 20 ft.-lbs. Hold the front of
the ball joint with a pliers if needed to keep the joint facing forward while
you torque it.
- Replace the 3/4 inch nut and washer on the rear end of the ball joint stud
and torque to 80 ft.-lbs.
- You can now lower the suspension and replace the wheel !