I was changing the ball joints on my ML 430 and ran into 2 issues.  The first is I ended up taking out both transaxles at the same time and now it seems a rod has dropped down in the center of the differential so the transaxles will not go in far enough.  How can I fix this?  The second question is the reason for the first.  The passenger side upper ball joint bolt was tilted over at about a 30 degree angle.  This is why I was changing them.  When I attempted to reassemble that side, it was very difficult to get the top control arm connected.  It seemed like the control arm was 1-2 inches too short so when back together the rotor was tilted way in at the top.  There does not appear to be any damage to the control arm brackets or frame.  Any suggestions on what to look for?

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Sorry to hear about your troubles.

You have to keep trying on those transaxles until you get the groves lined up properly which will allow you to puth them in all the way.

As far as the second, my guess is that there is frame damage. It is not always easy to see. Another cause is that the steering knuckle is bent. Especially if you are 100% sure there is no frame damage.

I would check the history of the vehicle as well. Are you the only owner?

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