What is a Ball Joint?
A ball joint is a component of your car’s suspension and steering. It is that connects the upper and lower arm suspension to the steering knuckle.
The function of a ball joint is to serve as the pivot of the steering knuckles where the wheels are attached through the spindle.
The steering knuckles are where the spindle is attached shown in the image below. That flat round part is the spindle where the four studs are inserted.
The ball joint is inserted into that protruding part of the steering knuckle.
Defective Ball Joint Symptom
Have you experienced that your front wheels move more than what your steering control does?
When you feel there is more movement than what you can control over your front wheels especially when you turn right and left along the road. There is somewhat a sudden sway of your front wheels more than your steering wheels can hold, that is a defective ball joint symptom.
When just one of the front wheels’ ball joints is defective it is not obvious. The other wheel can hold the movement coming from the other wheel. But when both left and right ball joints are no longer working normally, definitely it will be obviously felt and you may wonder why as if your car wants to dance as you proceed along the road.
In slow speed, you can control whatever circumstance it may bring but when more speed is exerted the riskier your situation inside your car will be. It is not a thing that you should ignore but it is a thing that you should fix immediately.
The Result of a Defective Ball Joint (s)
Because you cannot determine when the extra movement of front wheels come, and you cannot control it, this will cause an accident not only to you but even to other motorists that will coincidentally be on the counter lane.
That little movement from the ball joints will enormously bring a derailment of the car from its proper lane and may hit another car coming from the other lane.
Or when either the ball joints can no longer serve the purpose the wheels will freely flip.
Life is Precious
So why ignore it when you have already noticed something beyond what your steering wheel controls. It is better to be cautious than to be regretful. The safer the better and you can save not only your life but your money that would be used for hospitalization.
Replace your ball joints with the proper brands that will endure the road challenges. The better brand the more secure, the calmer you are.
You can go online and see different suppliers for different brands of what you need. Explore the cheapest one but a brand that you can rely on.
The 555 brand is the number 1 brand in my location and the GMB brand is the next one. The price differs with a great discrepancy. You may have better brands in your own location. All these brands come from Japan.
I hope I’ve helped you with my experience, let’s save lives.
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