Sven Nielsen, Technical Director from MEYLE, says the following difficulties may arise with the Trafic/Vivaro/Primastar X83:
Worn out control arms
In these models, it´s not the bushings that fail but the ball joints. They fail prematurely due to heavy load and a high dynamic strain. As consequence, ball joints are often worn out fast because they are mostly small dimensioned.
In our MEYLE-HD control arms we have optimised the ball joints by using a wear-resistant plastic seat and a precision ball pin, lubricated with MEYLE high-tech grease. Thus, the MEYLE-HD track control arms have a longer lifetime.
Worn out ball joints
Ball joints fail prematurely due to heavy load and a high dynamic strain, especially a high surface pressure that wears on the tie rod end.
Thanks to the use of extremely long-wearing plastic ball joint sockets, a MEYLE high-tech grease and an increased ball head diameter, MEYLE can provide quality ball joints for the Trafic, Vivaro and Primastar X83.
Stabiliser links often worn out
Intense strain and high surface pressure wear and stress on the ball joint. This causes a premature failure of the ball joint and generates noise at the front axle.
MEYLE in-house engineers increased the ball pin diameter to 22 mm, in addition to using wear-resistant synthetic ball sockets with high-tech grease. The reduction of the surface pressure ensures a significantly longer lifetime.