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Upper control arm ball joint

My 04 coupe has 24k miles and needs the left upper control arm ball joint replaced. Is this normal? Anyone else encounter this issue? What causes this?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-21-2010, 12:04 AM
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I don't know about "normal" but it has happened before. Ferrari 360's and such have a reputation for eating ball joints and tie rod ends...Maserati won't be much different.
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Ferrari 360's and such have a reputation for eating ball joints and tie rod ends...Maserati won't be much different.
In other news, Takeru Kobayashi ponders entering the Pebble Beach Car Parts Eating Competition, since the Nathan's Hot Dog thing is now old hat for him...




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i havent reall looked but are there grease fittings on the tie rods and ball joints
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In other news, Takeru Kobayashi ponders entering the Pebble Beach Car Parts Eating Competition, since the Nathan's Hot Dog thing is now old hat for him...
HAHA!!!! About time the Italian get some competition that can actually keep up!
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ECS ,are there any grease fittings at all under the car that we need to be aware of?
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There is nothing underneath a Maserati that the owner needs to be aware of

Gease fittings disappeared shortly after carburetors, magnetos and drum brakes. It's all throw away and replace parts these days.
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I had one replaced at about 38k. The harder you corner, the quicker they go. Dealer did advise there is not much else on the suspension that wears out.
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I had one replaced at about 38k. The harder you corner, the quicker they go. Dealer did advise there is not much else on the suspension that wears out.
Not sure about that Greg, am having the lower front arm suspension bushes replaced on mine shortly, the creaking/grating has been there from 36k miles!

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Not sure about that Greg, am having the lower front arm suspension bushes replaced on mine shortly, the creaking/grating has been there from 36k miles!P
He did mention bushings as well, but I think his point was that suspension components are a major factor in Maserati maintenance.

how many miles to you have?
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The creak showed up at 36K....didn't make any difference at our annual roadworthy test in the UK ( MOT), and now has 44K on it......only audible when driving slowly over road humps or sharp breaking at lowish speeds!


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are replacing these bushings a DIY job
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Just got a pair the other week, you need a access to a press.....easy for an experienced mechanic/DIYer......will probably do a photo fix post for our forum in the UK, sportsmaserati.co.uk.


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where did u get the bushings?
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Up until very recently, you had to renew the whole arm! I got them off an indie in the UK....

http://www.autoshieldmaserati.co.uk/...rati/Home.html


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