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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Rear)
Common signs include clunking noises and tire wear in the rear. You might also start steering to the right or left unintentionally.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
Common signs include clunking noises and excessive vibration from the front, and you may start steering to the right or left unintentionally.
How to Use a Ball Joint Press
Ball joints support a hub that connects car tires with the wheel assembly. A ball joint press installs and removes ball joints from the socket.
How Long Does a Ball Joint Front Last?
Ball joints are an essential part of your car’s suspension. They connect your steering to your control arms, allowing you to be able to turn your wheels. The type of ball...
What Components of the Suspension or Steering Systems Are Prone to Fail?
In automotive usage, the term "suspension" refers to all of the parts that connect the vehicle to the road. Every car, truck, and utility vehicle has a suspension that is designed to do...
How Often Should the Steering System Be Inspected?
It’s usually better to fix an automotive problem early than to wait until it causes more damage or even an accident. And that general principle applies to the steering system. Luckily, periodic inspection and...
How Long Does a Ball Joint Rear Last?
Common signs include clunking noises and tire wear in the rear, and you may start steering to the right or left unintentionally.
How to Check Suspension Ball Joints
Ball joints are a suspension component that is found on virtually all vehicles. Ball joints are flexible joints that allow components of the suspension to move up and down, as...
How to Check a Front End Assembly
If you have worn out components on your front end assembly, it can cause a number of issues with your car. Depending on the vehicle, your front end...
5 Essential Things to Know About Hitches, Balls, and Mounts
You may not realize it, but small cars are capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds safely, with full size trucks, vans and SUVs offering the ability to tow up to 10,000 pounds. There are a variety of...
How to Buy Good Quality Ball Joints
Even though the name sounds small, the function is big. Ball joints help support your car’s weight by serving as a connection and pivot point between the suspension and your tires. In today’s cars...

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What could be the reason the front shakes when I go over 60mph.? Thank you for your help.
Hi...unbalanced wheels and tires, tire defects and bent wheels, and loose, worn out suspension parts are the typical causes of vehicle front end vibration at speed. It is also possible that loose, or defective, motor mounts can be a cause...
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When replacing my ball joints on my 2005 dodge Strauss do I need to replace the control arms as well
Hi there. When changing out the ball joints, you don't need to change the control arms if you have a replacement ball joint. However, if you are wanting to replace the bushings and the ball joint, then you may get...
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Left tire fell off looks like the ball joint only thing holding it in place is the break lines.
This sounds like you have broken ball joints on the upper and lower control arms. You should not try and drive it at all. You should have it towed to a shop or have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic...
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Ball joints and tie rod replacement
The front end suspension of a modern car has to be "tight" in order to be safe, work properly and, indeed, even to be aligned properly. If the ball joints and tie rod ends are loose, that means your tires...
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My car lean to one side after changing my upper ball joints
This vehicle has ball joints that are integral with the control arms and consequently the control arms are replaced if the ball joints are worn. Replacement of the control arms, particularly the upper control arm, implicates the air ride and...
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I was told that I need ball joints on my 1996 Dodge ram I don't have the time to fool with it nor some of the tools that are need
In your application, there are 4 ball joints in all, 2 per side. Typically, if one has failed (upper or lower), the one on the other side of the vehicle is not far behind and so both are just replaced...
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I need to replace the lower control arm on the driver side. Should I replace the passenger side as well?
Good question...generally, the decision rule when it comes to car parts, is "test, diagnose, measure and confirm" before you needlessly spend money replacing a part that might very well be perfectly good. That advice though does NOT apply to wear-out...
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Lower ball joint
Hi there. When replacing the lower ball joints to your vehicle, you will need to press down on the ball joint to remove it. Before trying to remove the ball joint, check to see if there is a snap ring...
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How to replace lower ball joints?
Hi there. To replace the lower ball joints on a 2003 Ford Taurus, perform the following steps: (1). Raise up the vehicle and put it on jack stands (2). Remove the tires that are associated with the ball joints...
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Procedure to replace lower ball joints and sway bar links and torque specification for all the front end components
Hi there. To replace the ball joints you would need to jack up the vehicle and put it on jack stands. Remove the tires, calipers, and brake rotors. Then put a jack under the lower control arm and remove the...
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Ball joint
If your vehicle is a model year 2008 and you find that the ball joint for this year is not correct and you tried to use the 2009 model year part and it still does not fit. I would take...
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Replace all ball joints and tie rods
Billing question sent to CS for the cost of labor to replace all four ball joints and the tie rod ends on a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 with a V8-4.7L engine.
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What type of Ball Joint System does a 2005 Nissan Altima Have? Or where can I find this information ? 2005 Nissan Altima
Hello - the front suspension on your Altima utilizes a lower control arm (with a pressed in ball joint), and a strut/spring assembly. The ball joint comes pressed into the aluminum lower control arm, and is generally not available separately....
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Lower control arm assembly comes with ball joint for a lexus nx2oot
The OEM (dealer) parts are sold separately, that is you have to buy the ball joint and the control arm individually, if you desire both parts. In the aftermarket, you can buy a complete assembly, that is a control arm...
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I have some loose parts on the front end of my 2004 Ford Explorer and am wondering what it would cost to repair
Hello. The front end would need to be fully inspected to see which parts are actually failing. If it is the ball joints it may require that the entire control arm be replaced to repair the issue. If you want...
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Noise in front end when turning left
Any movable suspension component could account for the noise including the strut assembly, strut mount including bearing, ball joint(s), tie rod ends, sway bar links and sway bar frame mounts, control arm bushings and possibly loose brake components. If the...
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I replaced my balljoints upper and lower on both sides but now the ball joints don't sit against the control arms
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Without having the vehicle to inspect, it is difficult to tell. The assembly of the hub and control arms to the ball joints can be difficult, and making sure it goes back exact...
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how much to fix a wheel bearing on a infiniti 2007 g35x
Hello. A squeaking sound is generally not caused by a worn wheel bearing. Squeaks are more likely caused by a worn; ball joints ,sway bar endlinks, struts or springs. A steering and suspension evaluation should be about $70 but I...
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Ball Joints / Suspension parts may be damaged.
The best thing to do is put the vehicle on jack stands and remove the tires to the suspension that is to be damaged. Then check the ball joints, control arm bushings, and the control arms and see if there...

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