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Ball joints are usually the first thing to go in a vehicles suspension.
They are exposed to all sorts of bad weather, dirt, salt, potholes and are under far greater stress than other suspension components.
Also, they are not designed for much movement at all meaning that any side load applied will wear them out quicker.
Ball joints can become extremely loose and wobble. This makes the steering very difficult and unnerving to drive.
If you hear or feel a suspension problem, have your vehicles ball joints inspected for a replacement and replace both of them before they completely fail.
Delaying a ball joint replacement can lead to more parts wearing out trying to compensate for worn ball joints.
Watch for these warnings of worn ball joints:
clunking, knocking noises, particularly over bumps
creaking or squeaking noises when suspension moves
vehicle drifting to one side
shaky or loose steering
uneven tire wear
Do Your Ball Joints Need Replacement?
Ball joint replacement is a critical component to your suspension and will need replacing the longer you own your car, truck or SUV.
With so many suspension components underneath your vehicle including shocks, springs and struts, control arm, bushings and sway bar, how can you determine if its a ball joint replacement needed?
We'll outline a few common problems to look for to help pinpoint a problem with your ball joints versus another suspension repair.
We'll also breakdown how much a ball joint replacement costs.
Read on to see how ball joints work on your vehicle.
How Ball Joints Work
Your ball joints are responsible for connecting the wheel hub to the suspension.
Ball joint replacement should never be delayed as the wheel can become detached from the vehicle.
Ball joints function: Your wheels are mounted on your wheel hubs at the outer ends of each control arm.
The hubs are also connected to your steering system which pivots to the right and left as you steer.
The crucial connecting point to the control arm and wheel hub is your upper and lower ball joint.
Why Replace Ball Joints?
The lifespan of a ball joint depends on your driving style and road conditions (salt, debris, potholes).
With ball and socket wear the ball joint becomes loose over time and needs to be replaced.
Apart from driving and road conditions, dirt, grit and debris can work their way inside the ball joint and deteriorate through a loss of lubrication.
In addition, rust build up from salty road and weather conditions can add to the wear of ball joints.
This deterioration causes unwanted excessive play and looseness.
Properly functioning ball joints should be smooth from side to side without wiggling or jolting.
If this happens, look to our local garage for an inspection and ball joint replacement.
You can easily schedule an appointment online for fast service or request a quote from one of our locations near you.
Best Priced Ball Joint Repair On All Makes & Models
Our team of local mechanics have extensive knowledge for ball joint replacement on all makes and models. Following the maintenance guidelines set out by the auto manufacturer ensures your vehicle performance for the long run.
Our mechanics stay on top of the latest technology in vehicles today with advanced tools to diagnose any problem you have for any vehicle you drive. Stop by one of our mechanic service locations or give us a call for a quote!
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