Ball Joint Repair – What is a ball joint? It may sound like a part of your shoulder or hip. But ball joints are also an important part of your vehicle’s suspension. In fact, they function similarly to your very own hip joints. Whether we’re talking about human hip joints or your vehicle’s suspension joints, ball joints are one part that you do not want to fail while you’re driving around Long Beach.
The ball joint allows your vehicle’s wheels and suspension to move. It is a small socket joint which is vital to your car’s function, and if this small part starts to rust or wear out, your entire car will begin to suffer.
The ball joint is a small part, which usually costs between $20 and $150. Replacing a ball joint will usually take a professional mechanic about an hour or two, so the total cost will most likely be a few hundred dollars. Having a faulty ball joint can cause numerous problems with your vehicle’s handling, and ignoring a worn out ball joint can lead to further damage or even cause an accident, so if you notice that your ball joints seem to be wearing out, having them replaced quickly is always the best option.
By fixing the ball joint as soon as it starts to show symptoms of a problem, you can prevent additional wear and damage to your vehicle. Replacing a faulty ball joint will keep your car from steering poorly and help your tires last longer, making your vehicle handle better and drive more safely. Although it is a small part, ball joints play a big role in your vehicle’s operation.
If your ball joints are cracked, damaged, or at risk of complete failure, they should be replaced immediately. If a ball joint breaks while you are driving, your wheel will collapse, and you will lose control of your vehicle, putting you at high risk of an accident and very likely damaging other parts of your vehicle from it falling onto the asphalt and scraping down the road. You should have your mechanic inspect your ball joints periodically to catch signs of wear before they cause further damage.
What are some symptoms of a worn out ball joint?
– uneven and/or accelerated tire wear
– clunking noises from your suspension
– steering wheel shaking
– alignment is off
– your vehicle pulls to one side
When you get your ball joints replaced, your mechanic should also perform an alignment and inspect the entire steering and suspension system for further damage or wear. This will help save your from unnecessary expenses in the future. If you suspect that your ball joints need service, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach today at (562) 427-4256. Orozco’s is Long Beach’s number one vehicle repair and service center.