What to do if your lower ball joint is bad?

What to do if your lower ball joint is bad?

If a lower ball joint is bad, there are a few signs you should look out for. The lower ball joint would probably seem like an insignificant part if looked at by itself because it is so small. However, it is a part that allows other parts of the suspension system to function properly.

How to replace a lower control arm ball joint?

Replacing a Lower Control Arm Ball Joint. Learn how to replace a lower ball joint by pressing it out of the control arm and pressing the new one back in. To watch the longer, in depth version, click the link below. Press out a Ball Joint (In-depth):

How much does it cost to replace a lower ball joint?

Get the ball joint replaced right away if it ends up being the culprit. The cost to replace the lower ball joint is anywhere from $220 to $290. The cost of the parts will only be around $90 to $120, while the labor costs will be from $130 to $170. There will be added fees and taxes applied to these prices as well.

What happens when a ball joint is worn out?

There are 9 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. A worn-out ball joint will pivot horizontally and vertically, negatively affecting your handling at low speed, and becoming especially dangerous at high speeds.

How long can you Drive on bad lower ball joints?

Generally speaking, you should expect to have to have your ball joints replaced between 70,000 to 150,000 miles of driving. Excessive play in the joint can cause additional wear, and if a ball joint fails, your car’s suspension could collapse and you could lose control of the vehicle.

How much does it cost to replace a ball joint?

If you want the basic parts for a do-it-yourself ball joint replacement, it may cost around $35 to $75 per ball joint or $130 to $300 for four.

What tools are needed to replace ball joints?

The basic tools you will need to replace a ball joint are: • The replacement all joint. • 8mm hex head wrench. • 22mm or 15/16” combination wrench. • ball joint separator tool (also called a ‘pickle fork’) • hammer. First you will want to diagnosis the problem.

Is it hard to change ball joints?

From that standpoint, yes, it is hard to replace ball joints – more than basic DIYr skills and tools are required. There is also the safety dimension for being in close proximity to a suspended vehicle, and a compressed spring that has enough force to cause serious harm if it comes loose.

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Ruth Doyle