How to Know If Your Ball Joints Are Going Bad

Ball joints are essential in many of our car's suspension and steering systems. These small, metal joints connect the wheel hub to the rest of your suspension parts. This attachment moves vertically for shock absorption and horizontally for steerability. Therefore, ball joints are necessary to allow seamless multi-directional movement with your vehicle.

 

Typically, ball joins should last for years. Since they hold many parts together, they do undergo wear and tear. The space surrounding the ball should always be greased to prevent excess wear. The joint is also protected by a rubber boot that keeps it oiled by blocking dust and other debris. 

 

What Are the Signs of Worn Ball Joints?

  • Odd Sounds - If you notice loud, banging, or knocking noises from one of the corners of your vehicle, it usually means that your ball joints are the problem. The audible queues may get louder as you hit bumps in the road. You may also hear unusual metallic sounds when steering or turning your car.
  • Steering System Problems - Worn ball joints will directly affect your vehicle's drivability and safety. If you don't take good care of your steering system or have healthy driving habits, your ball joints can wear down quicker. Your steering may feel overly loose or stiff in some cases. The steering wheel may also shake or pulsate on leveled and straight roads.

These are some of the most common warning symptoms of worn ball joints. Please do not overlook these signs as they could put you at risk of an accident. If you suspect problems with your ball joints, please bring your car to Mazur's Total Automotive. We can thoroughly inspect your suspension parts, steering components, and more so that we suggest the appropriate repairs.