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Title: Spartan Chassis ball joint issues
Post by: KOUNTRYSTAR07 on July 16, 2017, 08:10:04 PM
I own a Spartan chassis 10 years old, I know there has been an issue with the rubber boot around the ball joint ripping allowing water and dirt to lead to early damage , requiring replacement . I have always kept an eye on them and finally I see the rubber starting to rip. Anything I can do to delay replacing them? How long does it take to cause damage?

Thanks for any help
Title: Re: Spartan Chassis ball joint issues
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on July 17, 2017, 11:23:25 AM
There is no meaningful answer to that. How dirty are the roads you travel on, how many miles per year, etc. ?   Dirt & water gets in and wear starts, or maybe rust instead of wear if it just sits around without much driving.

I've read about people jury-rigging covers for damaged boots, and also about people who grease the joints every trip to help displace dirty grease or water.  I have little faith in any of those, but maybe you could try.

I replaced rubber boots on my Freightliner's ZF IFS a couple times over 12 years. Once all of them, and another time just two.