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Old 03-27-2011, 09:10 AM   #1
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Default Spindle Design/Material flaw?

My 95 SC2 has recently gone through 3 control arms, tie rod ends and now just replaced the cv joint on the passenger side. After much research for parts and history of spindle replacements, apparently the passenger side spindle is a weak link on saturn s series. I have found that most junkyards are missing the passenger side spindle.

That brings the question....why is the passenger side spindle the one that goes out so much. When i examined mine...the ball joint to spindle connection is where the spindle gets worn out (gets bigger than the original hole for the ball joint). IS the spindle metal at that point cheap metal? Is it that the engine is heavier on that side and maybe they under engineered the spindle?

Would love to hear your opinions....

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Old 03-27-2011, 09:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: Spindle Design/Material flaw?

Well, have you looked under the hood? You wouldn't expect something on the passenger side to have all it's weight on the driver side would you?

Last time I went to a yard they were all fairly intact, not much taken & they all had their spindles.

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Old 03-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #3
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apparently the passenger side spindle is a weak link on saturn s series.
Where did you get this incorrect information? I've owned 25+ S-Series Saturns since 1993, and have worked on countless others. Probably numbering in the hundreds. Never had or seen the issue you describe.

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I have found that most junkyards are missing the passenger side spindle.
Never seen that either. Between the three yards I frequently visit, which usually have 75-100 S-Series between them, none are missing one side over the other.

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That brings the question....why is the passenger side spindle the one that goes out so much. When i examined mine...the ball joint to spindle connection is where the spindle gets worn out (gets bigger than the original hole for the ball joint). IS the spindle metal at that point cheap metal? Is it that the engine is heavier on that side and maybe they under engineered the spindle?

Would love to hear your opinions....
Maybe its not being torqued correctly during installation allowing to wobble and wear?

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Old 03-27-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: Spindle Design/Material flaw?

I live in the Memphis, TN, area and trust me the boneyards around here are missing right hand spindles. I am glad to hear that it is not a huge problem elsewhere...strange...but glad. I do have a question about the spindle torque...is it the same torque on all the saturns...55ftlbs?

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #5
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It is 55 lbs/ft if you're still using the castle nut that came on your '95. The failed knuckle(s) were most likely caused by using a premium spark plug.

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