- 1 What are the signs of a ball joint going bad?
- 2 Is it OK to drive with bad ball joints?
- 3 How much should it cost to replace ball joints?
- 4 How long can you drive on bad ball joints?
- 5 What sound does a bad ball joint make?
- 6 Do you need an alignment after replacing ball joints?
- 7 How do you check ball joints?
- 8 Can I replace ball joints myself?
- 9 Should I replace upper and lower ball joints at the same time?
- 10 Will bad ball joints fail inspection?
- 11 How do I know if my ball joints or wheel bearings are bad?
- 12 Can you over tighten ball joints?
What are the signs of a ball joint going bad?
Here are the important symptoms to watch out for with bad ball joints:
- Excessive Tire Wear.
- Steering Wanders From Side To Side.
- Vibrating & Shaking.
- Squeaking & Clunking Noises. If only the joints in our bodies announced their problems so audibly (and were so easily replaced) as the ones in our cars!
Is it OK to drive with bad ball joints?
Ball joints play a major role in the steering and suspension of cars and can last a long time. However, driving on bad ball joints can cause major damage and total ball joint failure can be fatal. If you’re unsure about the condition of the ball joints in a car, then speak to a garage about good quality replacements.
How much should it cost to replace ball joints?
The ball joint is a small part of your car, and the part itself is only going to cost between $20-$150 or more, depending on where you get it from and what kind of vehicle you own. It can take a little over an hour to get it replaced, so the full ball joint replacement cost will be between $100 and $400.
How long can you drive on bad ball joints?
short answer is it depends on how bad they are. the lower ball joint typically gets more wear than the upper. i’d say, if there’s just a little wiggle in either joint, you should have no problem driving 500 miles. they start to clunk when they’re really bad.
What sound does a bad ball joint make?
Metallic clunking noise: One of the most noticeable and common symptoms of a bad ball joint is a clunking or knocking noise when the suspension moves up and down. A worn ball joint will begin to rattle inside the socket when driving over an uneven road, rough terrain, potholes or speed bumps.
Do you need an alignment after replacing ball joints?
No, you certainly don’t need alignment after ball joints, unless your previous alignment was done when ball joints were bad and loose. If your car is driving sloppy after ball joints replacement, check other suspension parts.
How do you check ball joints?
To check a ball joint for horizontal play you need to grab the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions of the wheel and rock the top and bottom of the wheel in and out. If you can hear clunking or grinding or you can see excessive movement in the ball joint then it probably needs to be replaced.
Can I replace ball joints myself?
Can You Replace Your Ball Joint? If you feel comfortable doing your own car maintenance, you can replace ball joints yourself. This can be accomplished using a tool called a ball joint press (Available through Loan-A-Tool).
Should I replace upper and lower ball joints at the same time?
Many technicians recommend replacing both joints at the same time (both lowers, both uppers or all four). Another item that should be checked when ball joints are replaced is the stud hole in the steering knuckle — especially if the ball joint stud has broken or is loose.
Will bad ball joints fail inspection?
If you live in a state that requires an inspection of your vehicle every year, a bad ball joint can get you in trouble. No state will pass a vehicle with a faulty suspension component, such as a ball joint.
How do I know if my ball joints or wheel bearings are bad?
If the tire rocks by any noticeable degree, and especially if the movement is accompanied by a clinking or clunking sound, you likely have a bad ball joint or two. This test can also indicate a bad wheel bearing, but that will also grumble and vibrate as you drive in a straight line.
Can you over tighten ball joints?
DID YOU KNOW? It is vital to torque ball joint stud nuts to proper specifications. Improper torquing will cause looseness that may eventually cause joint stud breakage and damage to the steering knuckle.