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Old 07-19-2001, 18:49   #1 (permalink)
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Question Alignment question

Few days ago I noticed that I have a worn ball-joint on the passenger side. Then I remembered that on my 90 Topaz I had that ball-joint replaced on the same side 1 month before the wreck. I swapped the control arms and now the car pulls to the opposite direction.

The control arms looks identical except that the new control arm is way beefier and the ball-joint is greasable. Looks like an heavy duty control arm. Is it possible that they are not really swappable since the engine are different ? (V6 vs HSC)

Is is possible that I broke something on the suspension when I installed the new arm? Or bent the sway bar or any other suspension component ?

I will probably call the suspension shop tomorrow.

Thanks.
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Old 07-21-2001, 03:59   #2 (permalink)
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Control Arm Replacement

All year and model control arms are interchangeable. Whenever you replace one or both control arms, you must get an alignment.
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Old 07-31-2001, 07:49   #3 (permalink)
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Suspension Stuff

Hey "Champ" , I would recommend using MOOG replacement parts as well.
The stock parts are the same as used on an Escort, only the bolt holes etc. are made bigger for use on the Tempo/Topaz.
Life time waranty on the MOOG stuff too, one yr. on the Ford stuff.
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Old 08-15-2001, 19:20   #4 (permalink)
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Chances are you have a tire pull, The tires have worn a certen amount, Now that the ball joint has been changed the car wants to follow the tires path,
The best way to find out for sure, Is to swap the two front tires and see if the car pulls to the other side, If it does,Replace the tires
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