While most people think of shocks and struts when it comes to a vehicle's suspension, the ball joints are usually forgotten. However, ball joints are one of the main parts in your suspension that support your car. They provide support for both the suspension and steering systems, and it's essential to keep them in good condition.
Ball joints are located on the front suspension system, and they connect between control arms and steering knuckles. This allows smooth movements, allowing the wheels to move up and down and side to side for optimal control.
When to Replace Ball Joints
Like any other part in your car, ball joints are indefinitely going to experience wear and tear. At some point, they will grow weak and need to be replaced. Your safety could be at stake if ball joints become too old; in severe circumstances, the stud can get released from the socket and cause a wheel to disconnect entirely from your vehicle. To avoid letting it get this bad, here are some common signs of worn ball joints:
- Extreme vibration: If your suspension or steering wheel is shaky or rattling, you should have someone check the condition of your ball joints.
- Clunking noises: Ball joints can make all kinds of noises when they become loose. The sounds can get louder as you go over bumps in the road.
- Uneven tire wear: Bad ball joints can cause uneven wear on either the inside or outside of your car's tires.
- Vehicle pulling to one side: While this can be a sign of misalignment, it could also be a warning for failing ball joints.
If you experience any of the above signs, it is important that you take your vehicle to a professional automotive technician who's qualified to diagnose and repair ball joints. Please feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment with Prestige Auto Works today.