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Ball joints are an important suspension component found on virtually all modern vehicles. They are a spherical bearing in a socket, which function similarly to the ball and socket design of a human hip, and serve as one of the main suspension pivot points connecting the control arms of the vehicle to the steering knuckles. The front ball joints allow the front wheels and suspension to move back and forth as well as up and down when the steering wheel is turned and the vehicle is traveling over the road. Usually, when front ball joints start to fail, the vehicle will display a few symptoms that alert the driver a problem has occurred.
Because ball joints are an important component of any vehicle’s suspension, when they begin to have problems or fail, the overall handling and ride characteristics of the vehicle are likely to become compromised. For this reason, if you suspect that your vehicle’s ball joints have become severely worn or need to be replaced, have the vehicle’s suspension inspected by a professional technician, such as one from Extreme Springs, to determine what the best course of action may be. If necessary, they will be able to replace any failing ball joints for you.Symptoms of bad or failing Ball Joint (Front) include the following: