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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Tue, Oct-30-2018, 04:20:31 AM   #11
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Having just replaced all my rear ball joints and bushing, I was about to pretend like I had some good advice. I’ll leave that the Brett and the experts.

In the meantime, all I can do is sympathize and say “that sucks”.

Listen to the experts and good luck with whatever you try.

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Old Tue, Oct-30-2018, 07:00:34 AM   #12
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So after two track days, it looks like the Loctite 620 is holding up. I certainly wasn't holding back on beating on the car.

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Would you recommend coating the inside of the knuckle with the loctite prior to install? Or just on the bearing if you had to do it again?
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Would you recommend coating the inside of the knuckle with the loctite prior to install? Or just on the bearing if you had to do it again?
Technically, the proper way to use it, is to coat one of the two sides of the mating surfaces with it and then put them together. This stuff is anaerobic, so it works best in the absence of air. The outside of my ball joint was still wet, since it won't cure in the open air. I assume the stuff deeper in on the backside was able to cure and help hold the ball joint into the knuckle.

I didn't remove the ball joint and coat one of the mating surfaces because I was lazy. That would have been my next step had this other method failed to hold it in place.

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