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 joints your vehicle has will depend on its make and model, and the type of suspension system. A ball joint, front and back, could be a serviceable unit (i.e. an open system that can be periodically lubricated), or it could be a sealed unit, with the grease installed at the time of manufacture being intended to last the full life of the ball joint.

So, what exactly is the life of a ball joint? Ball joints are always working any time that you are driving, and they are not permanent fixtures in your vehicle. They are vulnerable to damage from rough road conditions, as well as ordinary wear and tear. Generally speaking, you should expect to have to have your ball joints replaced between 70,000 to 150,000 miles of driving. Excessive play in the joint can cause additional wear, and if a ball joint fails, your car’s suspension could collapse and you could lose control of the vehicle. Signs that your ball joints may need to be replaced include:

  • Abnormal tire wear
  • Creaking noise
  • Shaking steering wheel
  • Car veers to left or right when hitting bumps
  • Clunking in front tires

Your ball joints are essential to the drivability of your car, and to your safety. So if you notice any of the above symptoms, and you think that your ball joints may need to be replaced, you should consult a professional mechanic as soon as possible to have the ball joint swapped immediately.


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Mike

26 years of experience
54 reviews
Mike
26 years of experience
Ford Fusion - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Lower Left) - Livonia, Michigan
Mike was very polite and professional. He answered our kids questions about what he was doing. He never seemed bothered by all the questions my kids were asking. Would definitely recommend Mike and will definitely have him back when we need work done.
Lincoln Aviator - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Lower Left) - Livonia, Michigan
Fixed my ball joint that was very worn for a long time, and finally I could get it aligned properly afterwards. Great service and very timely.

John

27 years of experience
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John
27 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Lower Left, Lower Right) - Houston, Texas
Without a doubt the best service you can get. I highly recommend getting Mr.Conner to service/repair your vehicle He was on time and got the work done quickly. He spent extra time explaining what he was going to do. Both upper and. Lower ball joints were replaced. Once he was done I test drove it. Its like driving a brand new truck. I am very pleased. I plan on using him again in the future if needed.
Ford Ranger - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Lower Left, Lower Right) - Friendswood, Texas
John fixed the ball joints, outer tie rod and swaybar links on a used 2008 Ford Ranger I bought my son. Very nice, showed up on time and got the work done on time. Did a great job. Would recommend!

JOHNNY

33 years of experience
73 reviews
JOHNNY
33 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Upper Left, Upper Right, Lower Left, Lower Right) - El Dorado Hills, California
Mr Jhong was very professional and effeciant. When I came back from the work I was surprised the work was already done. Jhong took his time explaining everything he did and provided helpful recommendations. He is defenitley knowledgeable and made me feel confident on using "your mechanic" services. Thank you!

Pedro

1 years of experience
29 reviews
Pedro
1 years of experience
Chevrolet Trailblazer - Ball Joint Front Replacement (Upper Right) - Oak Lawn, Illinois
Pedro completed the job but one draw back which wasn't his fault. The ball joint he replaced came with the wrong grease fitting. Other wise he was very complete and knowleable.

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