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RE: [T3] Front Alignment and Ball Joint

On 16 Mar 2001, at 13:20, Fuhriman, Mark wrote:

> The little notch on all 4 joints is pointing straight ahead, all
> oriented alike.


> According to the shop's computer, caster spec range is 3.31 deg to
> 4.69 deg, with 4 deg as the target.  So my measurements of 5.5(L) and
> 4.9(R) are slightly out of that range.  But I guess it's nothing to
> worry about.

Okay, I checked and I find about the same numbers. I note that the 
spec is 4 deg, +/- 40'. That allows for a variation of 1.33 deg 
between wheels, so I wouldn't worry too much. If your tail is 
dragging a bit, this could explain it.  ;-) 

> BTW, *all* of the shops I spoke to told me that the Michelin XZX
> is discontinued, so I feel lucky to have found a set.  One shop
> said the XZX is superseded by something called MX4.

Michelin also maintains older styles in a special category for a 
rather long time. I hear that this drives the price up, however. May 
I ask what you paid?

> Thanks for the ball joint greasing lesson.  You mention "heavy
> chassis grease".  Does this mean a Mo-based grease?  And yes, my 4
> fittings in the beam are greased.  First thing I did when I got the
> car several months ago.  They all took a *lot* of grease!

I use a MoS2 based lithium grease. For this application I wish I 
could find a heavier viscosity grade; I think mine is #2, #3 would be 

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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