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3 Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint

Nwogbunyama Emeka

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It is no longer a new thing to see cars stalled on roads with pulled ball joint and upper arm. This is very common for Honda users; especially for models before 2008.
There are lots of reasons why this always handicap the Honda guys. Some believe is resorting to chap car parts instead of OEM. Some other people believe it is a factory default. Reason being that their major markets in Europe and America have good roads and the ball joint problem rarely occurs there and as such, the problem is not being taken note of by the manufacturers; thus no solution from their end.

We at Autojosh are here to let you know the symptoms of a bad or failing ball joint so that you can handle the situation properly before it catch you unawares.

These ball joints are very important. They are part of the suspension system and are found almost in all modern cars. Their work is very similar to the ball and socket joint in the hips of human beings. They serve as one of the main suspension pivot points connecting the control arms of the vehicle to the steering knuckles.





Here are the symptoms to know a bad or failing ball joint:

1. Knocking noises coming from the front suspension:
This is the most common symptom of a failing ball joint. As a result of wear in the ball joint, it becomes loose in the socket and hence, causes the knocking sound.
Worn ball joints may knock when traveling on rough roads, speed bumps, or when turning. Usually, the knocking will get continuously louder as the ball joints wear, or until they eventually completely fail and break.

2. The front of the vehicle vibrates excessively:
Because of the ball joint that is worn, there would be excess vibration coming from the front of the vehicle while in motion. Depending on how severe it is, the vibration can be felt on the steering wheel.

3. Steering wandering to the left or right:
The steering of the vehicle drifts from left to right on its own. As you drive, you’ll notice the vehicle steering wander to the left or right.

In case you notice what we’ve mentioned above in your vehicle, have your car inspected and fixed by professionals.

 









Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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