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  1. 1991 e36 325 pillow ball topmount trouble. " FIXED " 
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    Hi all.

    Just having no luck with my car lately. If it's not very bad tyre choise or the contant replacing of broken parts, sometimes my fault, i now have a problem with my new pillow ball top mounts. Finally got round to replacing them this weekend but they seem very very tight. They went on no probs but there is no movement at all. When you try and turn them is actulally turn the damper rod. Tried to refit them several times but i get the result. Am i missing something here. This car is driving me crazy. Ideas please and if you want pics i'll post some up


    Many thanks

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    Last edited by DonutMan1; 13-10-2010 at 19:48.
     
     

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    I guess this is what you're talking about ?



    is the r/j bearing at the top free before you put the strut top in ?
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    Hi thanks for the reply.

    "is the r/j bearing at the top free before you put the strut top in ? "

    Sorry for being really stupid, doing alot of that lately . But what do you mean free?? They were bought brand new from a well known ebay seller with all good reveiws.
     
     

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    Is the Rose joint bearing free to move about before you assemble it ?
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    No.

    It didn't move in the same way as a standard top mount (probably why it's called pillow ball top mount ), which at the time i didn't question as i thought the inner bush would provide the movement. After reading more on pillow ball joints i understand now the basics and i was worrying about nothing. I'll have to take them off at the weekend just to check .

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    The damper should not be rotating, the joint should be free even when bushed at the top.
    The r/j should be smooth action, it may be stuck and need freeing
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    So managed to fix my problem. Turned out to be something really simply . RPM had offered to give me some advice over the fone so on sat morning in preparation i removed my struts from the car. I noticed the the adjustment on one side was a few degrees out and thought i'd better sort it out. To my amazement the adjustments screws were very loose and when i checked the other side they were the same. So the moral of the story is don't be a DONUT and check first that everything it tightened up first BEFORE you put it on.

    Cheers to RPM for offering help over the fone even though i didn't even buy my top mounts from them. Top Guys.
     
     

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