Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

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

asked by on

How can you tell if you need front ball joints

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

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.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: how much for outside door handle?

Hi there. Quotes cannot be generated via "Ask a Mechanic." However, I suggest having a qualified technician perform an inspection to determine if only the handle is broken or if there may be internal or additional broken components. Your request...

Q: On my 2000 ford explorer do i need to replace the ball joints and the control arms or can i just replace the ball joints

The lower ball joints on this vehicle can be replaced individually. The upper ball joint is usually included with the control arm but, depending on your VIN, the upper joint is available separately as well. You should examine the bushings...

Q: Turn signal blinks then shuts off

Hi, thanks for writing in. Without knowing what specific vehicle you have, it still sounds like a bad signal or bad flasher relay. It is typically located under the driver's side dash area or fuse box. If you would like...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.