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Chrysler Crossfire
DIY


This is an information page collection of what I have repaired on my Crossfire.

Note:
You should not do any repair on your car if you don't have enough experience and knowledge! You use this information on your own risk! Don't blame me if something goes wrong.

Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints in suspension:


Content:

  1. Checking the rubber bushings and ball joints at front end, part 1
  2. Checking the rubber bushings and ball joints at front end, part 2
  3. Checking the rubber bushings and ball joints at front end, part 3
  4. Checking the rubber bushings for the rear axle differential
  5. Checking the rubber bushings and ball joints at rear end, part 1
  6. Checking the rubber bushings and ball joints at rear end, part 2

If you have a Mercedes SLK R170 with a 320 engine it's almost exact the same.

Note:
You have to work with critical parts when doing work on suspension. Only do this if you have enough knowledge !

Chrysler Crossfire, ball joint

1, Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints at front end, part 1:

Chrysler Crossfires seems to have a reputation of bad road handling. Wide tiers and bad roads get the car to move side ways on the road. Not very bad but it's a Mercedes and should not behave like that, or ? Before I'm convince this is the standard of Crossfires I want to have a look at the rubber bushings and the ball joints in the front and the rear suspension.

Note:
I haven't take it apart, I only inspected it, maybe I have done some mistakes in my description.

Front left side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

This is the lower control arm in front. It has one ball joint at the outer side and two rubber bushings at the inner side. This is the rear one of the two rubber bushings. I use a crowbar when I check the rubber bushings, if they flex too much there is something wrong. This one was a bit soft but not that much that I think I have to replace it.


Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

The front rubber bushing of the two.


Front right side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

Testing the flex in the rubber bushing with the crowbar. Even at this side it was a bit soft. There are heavy duty version of these bushings if you feel they are too soft, look for urethane bushings.


Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

Front rubber bushing.


Front left side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

The stabilizer are mounted at the outer end of the lower arm. Check the rubber bushing.


Front right side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints


Front left side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

The stabilizer is also mounted in the chassis with two rubber bushings.


Front right side:

Chrysler Crossfire: Checking the rubber bushings and the ball joints

There are in total four rubber bushings for the front stabilizer. None of them were bad.

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