SOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Federal-Mogul Motorparts' MOOG steering and suspension brand has introduced the Problem Solver, a high-strength replacement load-carrying ball joint for a broad range of late-model vehicles equipped with compression-loaded suspension systems.
The exclusive new ball joint is visually different from conventional ball joints as a result of its pre-installed, low-profile integral dust boot with encapsulated Belleville washer design, MOOG said. This next-generation boot is designed to help technicians save time in the repair bay while providing a larger contact area against the ball stud, ensuring a robust and effective seal.
The Problem Solver features a hardened ball stud that MOOG said withstands higher loads; a premium forged housing with an increased cross-section having up to 52 percent more material in key areas; and a patent-pending, hardened steel bearing sleeve with powered-metal gusher bearing to provide controlled axial and radial movement.
A preinstalled, integral dust boot ensures superior durability and service life, the company added. Also included is a pre-tapped grease fitting hole for easy installation of a threaded grease fitting.
“Technicians will immediately notice the difference in this premium Problem Solver part when they open the box,” said Bryon Osterland, general manager, global steering and suspension, Federal-Mogul Motorparts. “Virtually every aspect of the design represents a significant enhancement in ball joint technology. The premium forged housing is more robust, the part offers superior stud motion right out of the box, and the low-profile, integral boot sets a new standard for performance and time-saving convenience.”