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Am getting ready to replace ball joints and tie/steering rods and bushings and sway bar link bushings. Have read Phil Singher's write up on-line. Got the parts from IPD, including poly bushings.<p>1. Better to rent/borrow a coil spring compressor?<p>2. Any other tips not included in Phil's article?<p>3. Do the ball joints come pre-loaded with grease or am I to lift the boots and inject grease?<p>Thanks for any answers and encouragement.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (RonG)

No spring compressor needed, just a floor jack.<p>Non-included tip: Torque the big pivot bolts on the lower arms with the suspension compressed to normal ride height. You can do this by lifting each arm with the jack until the weight of the car just comes off the stand on that side. Everything else can be tightened unloaded.<p>The joints come preloaded with grease.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (Phil Singher)

Thanks, O wise one.<p>Another question....it's a pretty tight fit working on the right side upper bushings. Is it worth the trouble to pull the intake manifold? Hope not.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (RonG)

Ron:<p>The bigest problem you may have is removing those big pivot bolts.<br>Read Bob Steins article on the v1800reg.org website for some tips on this.<br>Use grease or antiseaze on the bolts before you put them back.<br>Look over the pieces that the bolts go through before you take it apart as I've seen one where they came loose and were welded back in place with the bolt still in. Guess what, that welded the bolt in place also. If they are loose you'll have to weld them back in place, so be prepared.<br>Look over the crossmember carefully, you should be OK down in TX. in the rust department but you never know!
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (VolvoBob)

<A HREF="http://www.gibbsbrandlubricant.com/gibbs.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.gibbsbrandlubricant.com/gibbs.html</A><p>...penetrant.<p><br>Phil says this is it!<p><br>George Dill
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (gdill2)

That website for Gibbs has gone flakey... try <A HREF="http://www.threepeakproducts.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.threepeakproducts.com</A> instead. I have NOT put this product to the test on frozen pivot bolts yet, though...<p>Ron, you shouldn't have to take the manifold off.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (RonG)

Here's the link for that article<p><A HREF="http://www.v1800reg.org/pages/Frontendrepair.pdf" TARGET="_blank">http://www.v1800reg.org/pages/Frontendrepair.pdf</A>
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (VolvoBob)

Thanks for all the tips. Will start tomorrow or Tuesday. Will let you know what I find.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (VolvoBob)

Thanks to Phil, VolvoBob, and George.<p>All went smoothly. Ball joints, bushings, tie rods. Found one loose upper ball joint and one loose tie rod end. Steering box has a bit of play, but nothing too excessive to get worried about. No leaks.<p>There was no rust to speak of, so everything came off quite easily. The original rustproofing was still on most nusts and bolts, too. So no problems following directions given.<p>Took it to the front end shop for alignment, and all's well. Those bolts and shims came in/out nicely, too. Glad I got this from a guy in Arizona.....<p>Thanks again.<p>Ron
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (RonG)

Good work, Ron<p>Does your Volvo work area have ac?<p>George Dill<p>Temple, Texas, USA - 101F and risin'!<p>
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (gdill2)

Yeah, right. Who has air?<p>I have the old fashioned kind. Cheap window fan. At least I was in the shade.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (VolvoBob)

All's well with the world again.<p>Front end nice and tight. Yahoo! I love this car.....road trip soon.
 

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Re: 1800ES front end rebuild (RonG)

Houston-area Fall 2006 Meet details soon.<p><A HREF="http://www.texasvolvoclub.com/newsandevents.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.texasvolvoclub.com/newsandevents.htm</A><p>George Dill<p>
 
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