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hey all, got myself into a spot of trouble. i was fitting a new drive shaft all went, kinda well but all in, put the lower ball joint bolts back on, i never noticed but the start of one of the threads on the bolt was a bit mashed and as i ran it in it's made a mess of the thread and wont't tighten. got a couple of new bolts but the damage has been done to the receiving end. looking for some ideas to get me out of this jam. what are my options?
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ok found a kit on ebay 15quid so no too bad. can someone confirm the lower ball joint bolt are M14? aren't they.
 

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ok so i had a measure of the bolt and i'm getting 11-12mm so i'd say it'll 12mm. and roughly 1mm pitch. could anyone confirm this before i buy a kit just want to make sure i get the correct kit.
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This is one of the most stressed bolts I can imagine on a t4 all the shock load is on it you really cant be fudging it. i had a ball joint bolt fail on a vito and had both wheels pointing in.if it had not been on a quiet road i might not be here. suspension component strength is about 7 times the weight on that corner, the suspension is heavy for a reason do not bodge get another hub
 

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fair point well made, would i have to go to main dealers? had a look on gsf can't see anything, any idea of price?
 

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fair point well made, would i have to go to main dealers? had a look on gsf can't see anything, any idea of price?
just get a second hand one from a breakers,parts gateway is good unless anyone on here is breaking one,put a wanted add in. A mondeo one for my car was £30 posted from parts gateway as a ball park figure
 

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just buy a new lower ball joint £11 from gsf doneT: also if u are going to beat the ball joint to split it leave the nut on the end ofthe tread to protect it
 

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if i buy a new joint, it still needs to be screwed into the 2 receiving holes in the hub, it is one of these that is the problem the thread is ed so will not tighten, so i'd be driving with only 1 bolt in the bottom joint. so sadly new joint won't help, but a member is posting one to me so hopefully it'll arrive in the next few days and i can get the van back on the road till the next mishap.
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do not helicoil it ....this bolt is under a lot of stress ...drill it out and re..tap the hole up to the next size with a bolt to suit..tap will cost you a tenner but don't try to tap in one go..do it gradually
 

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ye i thought of taping the next size up, helicoils got mentioned too but was discounted. waiting on a the hub part from a member, should be here soon and hopefully no great hassle in fitting and finally back on the road. just need to work my way thro the list of other things i need to get done on the van. always something.
 

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Why would helicoil be a problem here?

I think there is loads of metal to ensure a proper fit - and for the stress - I think that properly mounted - it is the hub/balljointflange that takes the load and not the 2 bolts?

The bolts are there to make sure that the balljoint-flange is taking the load.

Or am I totally wrong?
 
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