Busting the Cobalt's Ball Joints
I've discovered that being the owner of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged and using it like a normal car — to transport my ass from point A to point B — means revisiting front end repair over and over and over again.
Once I returned from my trip this year, I got down to the task of getting the freshly-loosened ball joints and outer tie rod ends replaced.
The last time I had this done, all the components were still available from the factory, but this time around I found out that the original equipment driver side ball joint (only available in the complete control arm assembly) was obsolete, so they are going to have to replace both of them with Moog pieces.
I was thrilled.
Normally, I prefer to go factory with every part on a car. The factory parts often fit better, work better, and last longer, but in this case I can't imagine them being any worse — and Moog is my favorite factory-replacement chassis component manufacturer.
I was so pleased to hear about this change of events that I asked to replace the outer tie rod ends with Moog as well.
I mean, why go through this shit again if there's a chance I won't have to?
It's obvious that GM built the Cobalt's front end out of papier mache, so I'm hopeful that Moog decided they would use steel components instead.
The only negative part is that the Moog components will require regular greasing, where-as the originals were life-time lubricated. If they hold-up to the rigors of normal driving, though, I'll care a whole-lot less.