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Old 04-26-2006, 02:33 PM   #1
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i just got a ball joint today and it has no cotter pins, and the nut is different. also the rod that sticks out of the ball joint doesnt have a hole for a cotter pin...

so the only thing stopping it is the nut which has blue plastic on the end...?

confused on to why mine didnt have a cotter pin or the hole for one
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Old 04-26-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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that blue thing basically locks the nut on so theres no need for a cotter pin but ive never seen that if your worried take it back
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will it still lock it if ive un done it a couple of times? (replaced pass axle twice in 2 days...didnt know i had antilock, so i got the one without, found out i do, had to replace)
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i would just get a few of the locking nuts so when u do take them off u can throw a fresh one on there. So yea replace the nut just to be on the safe side
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gotcha im guessing any sears or ace should have em
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yea probably i usually get all my lil bolts like that from napa
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they are called nylock nuts
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thanks skunked....good to know!
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also which is better? cotter pin or nylock nut?
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never seen a ball joint not use the cotter pin but if thats how there making some of them now it must be better or just as good. If i had to choose though i would choose cotter pin. Not that i dont doubt the nylock but y change a good thing
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also which is better? cotter pin or nylock nut?
I think the cotter pin is safer....

my friend hit a tree at 50mph because he didn't think the cotter pin was important. Not even 10 minutes it lasted on a curvey road.
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yea ur friend also had the standard nut though u know?
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yea ur friend also had the standard nut though u know?
right, but my point was to tell what can happen if it comes off
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ya...that wouldnt be good, im thinking about putting a couple on just to be safe
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