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What are the Signs of Bad Ball Joints?

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The ball joints are the components within the suspension system that act as the main pivot point for the control arms and the steering knuckles. They are designed similar to what you would think of when thinking of a joint in your body - there is a spherical bearing within a socket that moves around easily so that you can control your wheels properly. 

The front ball joints are responsible for allowing the front wheels and suspension to move when you turn your steering wheel. If your ball joints are failing, you will begin to notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Clunking noises coming from the front suspension when turning, driving on rough roads, or driving over speed bumps. This is usually a sign that the ball joints are loose. 
     
  • Excessive vibrations while on the road, which signifies that your ball joints are worn and are vibrating in their sockets. You may feel vibrating in the steering wheel as well. 
     
  • Steering wanders to the left or the right on its own, and you find yourself having to correct the steering while on the road. 

If you start experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we invite you into Pro Auto Care for a suspensions system inspection. It's in your best interest to get any ball joint issues fixed as soon as possible. Driving with bad ball joints can compromise your ability to properly steer and control your vehicle, which can be dangerous. 

A great way to avoid having to deal with unexpected suspension system issues is by having your vehicle inspected regularly here at Pro Auto Care and by following your vehicle's manufacturer recommendations when it comes to maintenance. 

For suspension repair in Denver, CO, give us a call or stop by Pro Auto Care today!