What is a ball joint on a car? In short, it's one of the many parts of a front suspension, alongside bushings and bearings. The front suspension itself is what allows your front wheels to move vertically independently and turn right or left simultaneously. Most importantly, it's what keeps your tires on the road. Ball joints are critical components of one. They consist of a ball and socket that connect a link and allow it to move. What they do is create a pivot between a steering knuckle and a control arm, and that helps keep you in control while driving. Over time, even a top-quality OEM ball joint can wear out, and that can cause problems.
What Are the Symptoms of Worn Ball Joints?
There are several. For one, your steering can feel loose or vibrate. Secondly, you may hear unusual noises when steering. Both signs indicate a ball joint may be loose in your front suspension. Another symptom is excessive tire wear. This can indicate wheel misalignment, as your tires may not be contacting the road properly. If a ball joint locks up, it'll begin transferring its motion to your control arm bushings, damaging them. If you've got a bad ball joint, however, it's a worst-case scenario. The joint's stud can separate from its housing or break, at which point, inertia will move your wheels in abnormal directions, and you'll lose control of your vehicle immediately. Your wheels can even hit your fender and drag your tires until you hit the brakes. Luckily, replacing a ball joint is easy and inexpensive. In most cases, all you need is a press kit with a C-clamp and adapters and a few tools, including some socket air tools. Our auto parts store has the best ball joints for a repair: genuine Mopar. Order yours online today and you'll be checking another DIY project off your list in no time.
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