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Company News >> Signs of a Bad Ball Joint
 Signs of a Bad Ball Joint

Ball joints are designed to keep your vehicle's tyres flat against the road as the suspension travels up and down. One ball joint is placed on the farthest edge of both the upper and lower control arms. The ball joint connects the control arms to the steering knuckles on either side of the vehicle. Ball joints do go bad over time and must be replaced; otherwise, there may be safety issues.

1) Tyre Wear
A bad ball joint or broken spindle can cause your vehicle's tyres to wear unevenly. If your car's tyres appear to have more tread left on the inside than the outside, you should check the ball joints and spindle, along with the rest of the suspension.

2) Steering Problems
Your car's ball joint is an integral part of the steering system. If the ball joint is extremely worn out or breaks, you can expect to have steering problems with your vehicle. In some cases, you may be completely unable to steer the vehicle.

3) Noises
Broken or malfunctioning ball joints can cause your car to make strange noises when driving down the road. Grinding, popping or any other noises that seem to be coming from your wheel or tyre area need to be checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.

4) Suspension Damage
When a ball joint locks up, the movement that it absorbs does not go away. It has to be transferred to another component that is not intended to take that abuse. Typically, this movement is transferred to the control arm bushings. These bushings are made out of rubber, wear out very easily and are costly to replace.

5) Breakage
By far the worst that can happen, when driving on a bad ball joint, is breakage. When the ball joint completely breaks, the wheel is free to move in any direction. Typically, the wheel will turn outwards, slam against the fender and drag the tyre until the brakes are applied.