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Hi All,
Can someone tell me how tight the top ball joint nut should be. it has a spring that keeps the top cup in tension. the giulietta workshop has no information.

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The ball joint is 3 piece, plus has a spring under the nut that puts tension on the top cup, so the squeeze pressure on the ball is controlled by the nut. not sure how tight tight enough is,

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You pretty much tighten it snug with a crescent wrench or equal...to lock it snug.. then you back it off enough to insert the retaining ring leg that goes on by matching the slits on the nut and A-arm perfectly in line with each other to receive the spring retainer.. It is sort of like the procedure to seat wheel bearings.
 

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You pretty much tighten it snug with a crescent wrench or equal...to lock it snug.. then you back it off enough to insert the retaining ring leg that goes on by matching the slits on the nut and A-arm perfectly in line with each other to receive the spring retainer.. It is sort of like the procedure to seat wheel bearings.
Uncle D&T is spot on as usual !!
 

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Thanks, that was the way i was approaching it, thanks all for the feedback.
 

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Is it the picture or is it me....?? the stem of the upper ball is the weak link. When people drive with a broken limit cable the stem will bend...very common to find this. I have a collection of them.
 

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Is it the picture or is it me....?? the stem of the upper ball is the weak link. When people drive with a broken limit cable the stem will bend...very common to find this. I have a collection of them.
no its shadowing in the picture, the other one is bent and i'm finding it hard to find a good quality replacement.

Also what grease should i use , i have some of the modern red grease but something about it I don't like

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I use waterproof wheel bearing grease, the stuff for boat trailer bearings. My reasoning is that it's tough enough for wheel bearings and if I do get caught in the rain at least it will resist washing out or emulsifying in the wet

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When the pain comes in my elbow, its tight enough.
 
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