Ball joints are spherical bearings that connect the control arms to the steering knuckles. On modern vehicles, ball joints are the pivot between the wheels and the suspension of an automobile. Ball joints play a critical role in the safe operation of an automobile's steering and suspension. Most rarely attended to by owners, this can result in severe wear and possible ball joint failure, which can result in serious accidents. Don’t let this happen to you, ask us for advice!
The most common symptom you will notice when you drive over bumps and you hear a clunking or knocking noise. This is a common indicator that your ball joints need to be repaired or replaced, another symptom of a faulty ball joint can be irregular tyre wear, tyre’s have their own lifespan, regardless of the tires you have, they should not be wearing out so easily nor should one tire be worn/damaged while the rest are working optimally. If you notice that only one tire is damaged the ball joint on that side should be replaced. A ball joint still goes through regular wear and tear. A replacement is needed when you notice your car giving a pull when you drive. This is because a damaged ball joint will make it harder for your car to steer into a certain direction. You will usually feel resistance or difficulty in steering when this happens. You will also notice that your car drifts to the side.
Although you don’t need to get it maintained regularly most cars have their recommended interval on when to replace or lubricate the ball joint. This can be in the form of time or the number of km’s your car has driven, however, older cars need to be greased after driving for several Km’s as it needs lubrication to function properly. Most of the time, the ball joint that carries weight wear faster. Your ball joints can also go through rusting especially at the coast. There are a lot of things that can accelerate this process like grease that escapes from the ball joint area or dirt build-up.
If your car is new, then most likely that your ball joints are sealed. A sealed ball joint is more protected because the grease does not get consumed right away. You should also never ignore a damaged ball joint. In worst-case scenarios, a damaged ball joint can lead to a tire falling off your car. In this case, the ball joint fails and becomes unable to connect your tyre’s to the suspension.
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