Does Your Car Suspension Have Worn Ball Joints?

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Ball joints are an integral part of the suspension system and are found on all modern vehicles, including retrofitted classic cars. This part is a vital component that affects steering and turning. Identifying worn ball joints early can prevent handling issues. Here are some of the symptoms of wear and tear on your ball joints.

What Are Ball Joints?

First, a primer on ball joints. A ball joint is one the pivot points that connects the spindle to the control arm. Essentially, the joint allows the front wheels to pivot as you turn the steering wheel. Without the ball joint, the wheels would be exceptionally hard to turn, especially on rough road surfaces.

Symptoms of Worn Ball Joints

When a ball joint wears, it becomes loose, causing vibration while the car is in motion. You may feel this in the steering wheel and/or the floor. You may also notice the steering wheel pull to the left or right. Additional symptoms include a clunky sound and uneven tire wear.

Of course, the above symptoms may also be signs of other suspension problems. The only way to know for sure is to bring your car to an auto repair station. While a DIY visual check is possible, it’s an intensive process that requires raising the car with a jack. Leave this to a professional.

The Solution

The ball joint is encased in a dust boot to protect it from dust and other debris. While this protects it from contaminants, it also makes it inaccessible for visual inspection. Unfortunately, if the ball joint is worn, the whole assembly has to be replaced. Repair is seldom an option.

We Replace Ball Joints on All Models

Our auto service replaces upper and lower ball joints, as well as those on rear suspension systems. Bring your car to Bothell Way Garage if you notice the signs of worn ball joints.

Ball Joint Inspection and Replacement

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