Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)

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Cost of Replacing 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. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Ball Joint Replacement (Front). Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 GMC Canyon $228 $80.58 $147.00 25% $306.33
2004 Buick Rainier $213 $72.80 $140.00 26% $287.80
2013 Toyota Camry $208 $47.30 $161.00 29% $294.55
2014 Mini Cooper $143 $72.78 $70.00 20% $180.28
2011 Infiniti FX35 $151 $80.75 $70.00 19% $188.25
2008 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG $190 $105.52 $84.00 19% $234.52
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)?

Front Ball Joint

Ball joints are an important suspension component found on virtually all modern vehicles. They are a spherical bearing in a socket, which function similarly to the ball and socket design of a human hip, and serve as one of the main suspension pivot points connecting the control arms of the vehicle to the steering knuckles. The front ball joints allow the front wheels and suspension to move back and forth as well as up and down when the steering wheel is turned and the vehicle is traveling over the road. Usually, when front ball joints start to fail, the vehicle will display a few symptoms that alert the driver a problem has occurred.

1. Clunking noises coming from the front suspension

One of the most common symptoms of a problem with suspension ball joints is clunking noises coming from the vehicle’s front suspension. As ball joints wear out they become loose in the socket and rattle and knock as the suspension travels up and down over the road. Worn ball joints may knock or clunk when traveling on rough roads, speed bumps, or when turning. Usually, the clunking will get continuously louder as the ball joints wear, or until they eventually completely fail and break.

2. Excessive vibration from the front of the vehicle

Another symptom of problematic ball joints is excessive vibration coming from the vehicle’s suspension. Worn ball joints will be loose in their sockets and vibrate excessively as the vehicle is in motion. The vibration will usually stem from the affected ball joint, either from the right or left sides of the vehicle. In some cases, the vibration may be felt through the steering wheel as well.

3. Steering wandering to the left or right

Another symptom of worn ball joints is wandering steering. Wandering steering is when the vehicle steering drifts from left to right on its own. When the ball joints are in good condition, and the wheels are in proper alignment the steering wheel should stay mostly straight and direct in response. Worn ball joints will cause the vehicle steering to wander to the left or right, which will require the driver to compensate for the issue.

Because ball joints are an important component of any vehicle’s suspension, when they begin to have problems or fail, the overall handling and ride characteristics of the vehicle are likely to become compromised. For this reason, if you suspect that your vehicle’s ball joints have become severely worn or need to be replaced, have the vehicle’s suspension inspected by a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to determine what the best course of action may be. If necessary, they will be able to replace any failing ball joints for you.

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Jeff

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30 years of experience
Jeff was Great, on time , with the quality parts required , had everything needed tool wise , very professional , super clean and took the time to make sure job was done 100% right & it wasn't a easy job ! I would have Jeff back in a minute.
1997 GMC K1500 SUBURBAN - BALL JOINT FRONT REPLACEMENT (LOWER LEFT) - ROCKLIN, CALIFORNIA

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30 years of experience
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He's a pro. He arrived early and prepared. He is honest and skilled. I will not hesitate to call on his service in the future.
2008 SUBARU OUTBACK - BALL JOINT FRONT REPLACEMENT (LOWER RIGHT) - NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA

John

33 years of experience
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John
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Great guy that knew what he was doing and really went the extra mile to explain it to me and make sure i was comfortable with everything. The exact definition of what you want your mechanic to be.
1995 DODGE B2500 - BALL JOINT FRONT REPLACEMENT (LOWER LEFT, LOWER RIGHT) - REDWOOD CITY, CALIFORNIA

Trevor

19 years of experience
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Trevor
19 years of experience
Turned up on time, was very thorough and gave some good advice on other parts needing service  Thanks Trevor
2007 FORD MUSTANG - BALL JOINT FRONT REPLACEMENT (LOWER RIGHT) - CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA

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