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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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no room to install snap ring that came with lower ball joint.
According to the official Factory Service Manual for your vehicle, the ball joint that was designed for the vehicle, and thence installed on the vehicle, has a provision for a snap ring and the ring is installed at the factory....
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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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Noise when turning
Among the possibilities are the strut bearings, strut mounts, the strut itself, the outer cv axle joints, and/or any suspension component, such as a tie rod end, ball joint, sway bar mount, or suspension bushing that is loose or worn,...
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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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I am having a hard time attaching my control arm and ball joint.
You should be supporting the vehicle on the frame using jack stand. Using a long pry bar pry down on only the lower control arm and then the spindle can be aligned up to put bolts in. Do not try...
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Banging sound at slow speed at left rear wheel well area
Hi there. Raise up the vehicle and check all of the suspension, sway bar, ball joints, and the shock absorbers. Makes sure that everything is tight. If everything is tight, lower the vehicle and do a bounce test on the...
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Squeking in my front end while driving and turning the wheels
The noise is coming from the sway bar links, tie rod ends or lower ball joints. You will need to try and duplicate the noise without driving the vehicle and when noise is heard just put you hand on the...
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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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Screeching noise from front wheel area when i turn the wheel
This loud screeching is going to be from the tie rod end or the lower ball joints. You can put your hand on the joints you suspect and have the steering move back and forth to see what one of...
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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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Is it hard to change ball joints?
Hi there - replacing ball joints usually requires specialized tools for pressing the old ball joints out, the new joints in, and tools for compressing and holding the vehicle spring, while the ball joint is replaced. From that standpoint, yes,...
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Right front ball joint excessive play and needs to be replaced. 2009 Nissan Versa
Hello - yes, the Recall was for front spring issues. While it is not common for ball joints to fail at your mileage, many factors come into play: potholes and road conditions where you drive, stop and go vs smooth...
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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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driver side lower ball joint rubbing rim.
Hi there. The control arm bushing can cause the lower ball joint to rest on the rim. If the bushings are missing, the lower control arm will move forward or backwards with the vehicle during turns. This can put a...
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Squeeky noise
A ball joint is designed to pivot through multiple planes. Of course, because the ball joint constantly pivots at different angles, it tends to wear out more rapidly than bushings. A load-bearing ball joint supports the weight of the vehicle,...
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Possible lower ball joint problem based upon visual inspection, causing steering wheel vibrations
Hello. Steering wheel shimmy can be caused by a wide variety of issues, however worn ball joints are one of the more common causes. This is more likely if the vehicle is equipped with a lift kit, as a lift...
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I have a loud clunk in my front suspension on my 2005 nissan titan. I've read that I may need a new sway bar and ball joints.
Hi there. When adding a lift kit to any vehicle its important to replace the ball joints so they are not damaged when the standard lift is removed. Plus, either the sway bar could be replaced or extensions could be...
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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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Rubbing sound when going over bumps even after replacing the struts.
Hi there: When struts are replaced, they typically take a while to break in; which during this time period, other mechanical problems such as worn out CV joints, ball joints, or stabilizer bar bushings can cause the issues you're describing....

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