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Lug nuts and Ball Joints-1978-1983


Vehicle Information: Year: 1980; Engine (size, modifications): 4.7; Total Mileage: 41k; Transmission type: Manual;

I recently tried to remove my front tires to check the ball joints. I've been reading these should be changed to the steel versions. I have 41,000 miles on the car. While in the process of removing the tires, I broke off one of the lug nuts and now can't get the tire off. Should I try to remove the tire from the axle or try to remove it from the ball joints? What would you recommend? I wondered what you thought of this ball joint recommendation, should these be replaced preventatively, if so should I also replace the uppers ball joints? The Porsche Service adviser here in Cincinnati does not think this is needed, I'd also heard of some kind of recall on the aluminum joints, Porsche also says they know nothing of this recall.

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