Is your car making clunking noises? Have to fight to stay on the road, moving in a straight line?
The ball joints might be the problem. Your owner’s manual for the maximum allowable wear on your suspension system’s ball joints, and we are able to replace the ball joints at West End Auto to restore the full functionality of your suspension system.
A bad ball joint can conflict with normal steering capabilities because ball joints are the link between the wheels and other suspension parts. Wheel alignment may also be affected if the lubricated casing housing the upper and lower ball joint becomes dried out or the linkage becomes loose. When that happens, suspension noise and uneven tire wear will result. A worn ball joint may fall out of its casing, causing a collapse of the suspension system in extreme cases.
Ball Joint Basics
Ball joints are ball-and-socket joints located between the control arm and the steering knuckle and are part of the suspension system which allows your car to maintain constant contact with the road, especially on uneven surfaces. Ball joints act as the pivot point between the wheels and the rest of the suspension system. Ball joints are designed to allow for movement in two planes at once while providing ease of rotation in those planes—they allow the suspension system to move vertically while the wheels are turning left or right.
Vehicles with shocks have upper and lower ball joints, while many vehicles with struts have only lower ball joints. Some ball joints are load-bearing and thus wear faster than normal ball joints. As an important suspension component, ball joints are designed to experience wear and tear, often in the form of friction. Like all suspension system components, ball joints have a maintenance schedule that can help prevent unexpected repairs or replacements.