Ball Joint Replacement
Ball joints are a critical part of your car’s steering and suspension. As ball joints wear out, they’ll begin to have excess friction when in use, which will usually result in a creaking or clunking sound.
Ball joints that aren’t working properly are one of the leading causes of excessive tire wear. If your car’s ball joints aren’t working properly, your tires will wear out faster.
Ball joints wear out and stop doing their job; eventually, the wear reaches a critical point, and the ball joints fail completely, resulting in a loss of control. Ball joints are responsible for controlling the car’s wheels, so failure means a loss of control.
Can you replace ball joints yourself?
Fixing old ball joints, which are identifiable by a knocking sound in the wheel well as you execute a turn, is an important part of keeping your vehicle road-safe, and you can do it yourself for the cost of the parts and the right approach.
Can you put a ball joint in without a press?
Many people seemed to doubt that ball joints could be installed without the use of a press; however, you can, but you’ll need a ball joint installation tool.
Do you need an alignment after replacing a ball joint?
Unless your previous alignment was done when the ball joints were bad and loose, alignment after ball joint replacement is not necessary. If your car is driving sloppy after ball joint replacement, check other suspension components.
Can you hammer out a ball joint?
On the undercarriage of any vehicle, ball joints, steering knuckles, and control arms get extremely dirty. Using a hammer on the bottom of the ball joint to knock it into place can cause a ripple effect of damage, as the lamination on the ball joint can deform or mushroom into the knuckle.
How long does it take to change a ball joint?
It can take a little over an hour to replace it, so the total ball joint replacement cost will be between $100 and $400; you never know how much the mechanic will charge you until you have it done, but having an estimate ahead of time can help.
Can you drive on a bad ball joint?
If you drive with a bad ball joint, you risk damaging other vehicle components, and if the joint completely fails, you risk losing control of the vehicle, resulting in a crash and injuries.
What are the signs of a bad ball joint?
A quick refresher on what a ball joint is.
- Clunky or squeaky noises.
- Side drifting.
- Loose or shaky steering.
- Uneven tyre wear
How are the rivets removed to replace the ball joint and how is the new ball joint fitted?
Chisel off the head of the rivet with the air hammer, then place the pointed tip of the air hammer attachment on the area where the rivet was previously, then pull the trigger and hammer the rivet through the lower control arm until the ball joint can be freely pulled out of the arm.
How do you clean ball joints?
Simply pump the joint with new grease until all of the old has been expelled, then slip the rubber into place; the boot should be mostly full of grease, but if you service the joints on a regular basis, they will not suffer.