I just need to document that they have been changed, I already have the new parts on the way, just need to go to the local auto parts shop and loan out the tools I need and buy the right socket for the axle nut.
The sad truth is that you will replace the ball joints just to fail the inspection again! There is a Daimler service notice that instructs not to check the joints using the standard method, as they will always show "excessive" play using this method.
Checking inner and outer tie rod ends is fairly elementary!
The same goes for sway bar links.
So far as lower control ball joints are are concerned I usually see them so badly mashed up that replacement is almost a safety related item!
It all boils down to neglect and not wanting to spend money!
Remember Keith is posting from a UK perspective where invasive annual safety tests are the norm!
Fix it or off the road it goes and be taxed, unless you have a SORN.
If that type of system (MOT) was implemented here there would be howls of protestation I assure you!
From my observations many Sprinter on this side would be getting Red Failure notices in the UK!
A Red 'Un?
Failure to test on safety grounds--must be towed from the test site!
(UK MOT Inspector 1971 to 1973)
Fond memories of having sent many Morris', Vauxhalls, & Fiat Oxidizers all to the crusher!
I asked as the replacement sway bar links are looser than the ones currently installed (installed one of them today). From my personal inspection, nothing seems to be wrong with the existing links, they look to be in perfect shape.