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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Knick in upper control arm boot

My boyfriend and I installed my upper control arms yesterday and filled 'em with greae. Today I look and there is grease on the outside of one of the plastic/rubber boots that holds the grease in. There is a very small knick in it. Is there any way to patch that or can you just replace that boot? Uninstalling and installing those UCA's was a pita and I really do not want to do it again.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-11-2004, 08:54 PM
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the control arms are sealed with grease and last the life of the balljoint.

If you ripped the boot, then the grease will get out and other stuff will get in and contaminate the ball joint, making it fail.

You shouldn't have had to grease the new arm at all, as it is a sealed unit.

The way to fix this is to install a new control arm.

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They are Moog's and come with the grease fitting. This sucks. Guess I'll have to keep it lubed until I can get another one from rockauto.com.

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If it's a tiny knick as you say, clean it and put some RTV on it. May not last forever but will sure help keep some of the bad stuff out.

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It is really tiny. I'll try that and see how long it holds. If it only holds like a few days or so, I'll go ahead and get a new one. We'll see
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