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    Senior Member 1batt4u's Avatar
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    Front Recall Kit

    Was wondering about the front recall kit.

    If you guys can post pictures up from your car.

    I take it the early cars, like mine 1981, did not come with it. Just the later models?
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    Senior Member eagle-co94's Avatar
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    1045 has it so I'm assuming it was added later. The car was purchased from DMCFL about a year ago.
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    Senior Member DavidProehl's Avatar
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    Not sure about at what vin they started installing the kit at the factory, but my car has had it since before I bought it. You asked for pictures, search for the word "recall" on this PDF and you'll see with and without photos of the recall kit (page 9):
    David Proehl

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    There are a few other items included in the front end recall kit and you won't know for certain if they are installed only by looking for the presence of the reinforcing plates.

    The kit will come with 4 castle nuts and 4 cotter pins for the front suspension. You can visually check if yours are there by peering in behind each front wheel. You might need to wipe off some filth, but it is fairly obvious once you get a look in there.

    I know when I got my kit, the instructions that may have been included with it I believe was a copy of the original safety recall. I honestly didn't know what to do with the parts until I got to a local tech day and someone with experience gave me some help. My brackets were not yet installed, but the castle nuts and cotter pins already were. Moral of the story I guess is that your car might have part of the recall done, but not all of it. That and perhaps I'd love to get my hands on better instructions, sort of like the kind made for angle drive installs and the like.

    Deice recall might be somewhat similar. The shield of course is obvious to everyone upon taking a quick look in your engine bay. There are however, more pieces in that kit than just the shield. This also I had no idea what to do with until having it mentioned to me from someone looking at a photo of my throttle cable assembly and noticing pieces missing. These were the 4 snap rings which help the end of your cable from getting snagged in the notch on the post of the assembly. There are also a couple other parts I still don't have installed and they need the cable to come right off to put them in. Again, instructions for this might have been the original safety recall, but I would love to get my hands on a more user friendly version (like with big photos and perhaps some cartoons! )

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    Guy with a DeLorean Mark D's Avatar
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    One other thing to note on the ball joint nuts recall... it might not necessarily be a castle nut and a cotter pin that you'll see if the recall has been done. Depending on who did the retrofit often times they would drill a hole through the existing nyloc nut and drive in a roll pin. This accomplished the same goal as the castle nut and was less time consuming to do. You should also have yellow or red paint splotches on your steering knuckle at the top and bottom to indicate the recall has been performed.
    Mark Dehlinger

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    The recall was SC-03-1/82 and covered vin 560 to 7199 at which point the factory did them. If it was done there should be a spot of blue paint on the firewall in front of the motor to the left of the engine cover stay brace. By now it is rare to see a car which has not had the recall done. If this recall was not done you should check ALL of the recalls and service bulletins for compliance. All of the venders offer the book on recalls and service bulletins.
    David Teitelbaum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark D View Post
    You should also have yellow or red paint splotches on your steering knuckle at the top and bottom to indicate the recall has been performed.
    Our very early car (<1000 VIN) did get the castle nut retrofit both sides and they were painted, all done by the dealer. BUT it did not get the frame extension brackets so I had to add them later.

    The point is you have to look to see what's missing - and it is easy to look to be sure everything is correct and safe.

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    DMC Midwest - 815.459.6439 DMCMW Dave's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by David T View Post
    By now it is rare to see a car which has not had the recall done. I
    I'm honestly surprised how many we see that don't have it already installed.
    Dave S
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    2638 Did NOT have it till I installed it sometime last year.
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    Senior Member OverlandMan's Avatar
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    I'm glad this was posted w/ a link including visual aides. I just went and check 5482. She's got this recall completed. Nice to know for sure now!

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