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Q: how can you tell if you need front ball joints

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How can you tell if you need front ball joints

My car has 8743 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The front ball joints are checked by jackin...

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 up on the tire to see if there is play in the ball joint. If there is no play then it is good. If there is any play then the ball joint is bad. The ball joints are lubes for life and should last anywhere from 4 to 10 years on most vehicles before going bad. I would not think these ball joints are bad on this new of vehicle unless you been driving on a bumpy dirt road every day since it was new.

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