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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 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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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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When replacing ball joints can you just replace the ball joints or do you have to replace the whole control arm?
The ball joint on this vehicle can be replaced separately from the lower control arm. However, on this vehicle it is also a known problem where the ball joint becomes loose inside the mounting in the lower control arm and...
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When replacing ball joints can you just replace the ball joints or do you need to just replace the control arm?
Suspension components on modern vehicles are not as heavy as they used to be. Components like control arms can be lighter and thinner. Ball joints are riveted or pressed into control arms. Sometimes bolted/screwed. Since replacing a ball joint will...
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What could be causing my steering wheel to jerks from left to right?
Hi there. Check to see that all of the connections are tight. Grease up the ball joints to make sure that they are lubricated. If all of the parts are tight that you installed, then go over to the other...
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Grinding and squeaking noises from front end
Most modern vehicles do not have serviceable ball joints (grease fittings that allow them to be lubricated). They are lubed and sealed from the factory. Once the grease dries or decays over time, the ball joint will basically wind up...
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Popping noise when turning the car
Hi and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. There are 2 main causes for this popping sound. First off, your tie rod end needs to be replaced. A quick check for this is if you notice that when you turn...
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How bad is it to repair a ball joint and CV axle?
You are looking at a lengthy repair. There are several components that will need to be replaced. It is hard to say how rough the removal and installation of these parts will be, because the amount of damage that has...
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Got new lower ball joints. I can't even turn the steering wheel when backing up after the new joints were put on. It is a 2 wheel drive.
This is a common issue when new ball joints are installed and not properly aligned. I would suggest taking the truck to an alignment shop to be sure the alignment is on point. When not properly aligned, this can cause...
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Noise in the front end while turning the steering wheel
This is a common sound when the ball joints begin to wear out. As the ball joints are subjected to various loads and pressure depending on the weight of the vehicle and force/torque of each turn, this squeaking may vary...
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I have gotten my ball joints replaced and a new spindle and my wheel still keep coming off the ball joint keep coming apart
Hi there. Something is apparently being overlooked, concerning the lower ball joint replacement. The lower part of the ball joint is inserted into the control arm (retained by a circular clip) and the upper part is inserted into the steering...
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Torn lower ball joints and torn tie rods - 2006 Nissan Sentra
Hi there. Unfortunately, diagnosing what type of service may have been performed by a different mechanic without physically inspecting the vehicle is difficult, as is knowing how long your vehicle can be driven with worn out ball joints and tie...
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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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how can you tell if you need front ball joints
The front ball joints are checked by jacking up the front end using a jack under the lower control arm until the tire clears the ground by about 4 inches. Using a long pry bar under the tire you life...
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Loud noise and tire locking up while driving. The left ball joint control arm is bad.
Hi there. Knowing the lower ball joint is bad leads me to believe that the really loud noise and wheel lock-up may be related. A bad lower ball joint typically will cause the vehicle to track (veer) towards any groove...
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Can bad ball joints cause the wheels to have a lot of play from side to side?
You may be feeling the steering moving back and forth since you have both tires off the ground. Try to only have one tire off the ground at a time and see if you still feel the movement. If you...
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The vehicle rides rough and there is a loss of power
Your vehicle has only 69,000 miles and so you want to make sure that the ball joint(s) has actually failed. So, best to either get a second opinion and have the Mechanic demonstrate the failure to you so you can...
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Broken ball joint issue
As you know, many mechanic shops are run very differently and often times with varying principles that may be sacrificed in order to make more money to cover overhead costs, etc. It is not impossible for something like this to...
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Front Tires Wear on Inside Walls
If you are getting excessive inside wall tire wear you should have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you and inspect the lower control arms for worn out lower ball joints or lower control arm inside bushings. Depending...
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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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