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Think of your elbow joint. It joins your lower arm to the upper and allows freedom of movement and mobility. The ball joints in your car do the same by attaching the suspension components to the frame, allowing steering, allowing you to drive smoothly over bumps, and steering your car. If you notice signs of needing to service this part of your vehicle reach out to Chesrown Chevrolet Buick GMC. Check out our other services we provide!
They are a steel ball in a socket that allows freedom of movement in all directions. Ball joints do not fail often, and some can last the life of the vehicle When they do fail however, immediate repair is required and they must be repaired immediately.
A typical Ball Joint will last at least 60,000 to 75.000 miles. Of course, if you use your vehicle for construction or off-road work, this may shorten the life span. Some vehicles have the same ball joints for the life of the car. Driving in mountainous areas with lots of twists and turns will also shorten the lifespan of the ball joints, as will rough terrain or commercial work.
Some cars do not have ball joints. Instead, they are equipped with MacPherson Struts. This system has fewer parts and is common in most modern automobiles. The MacPherson Strut consists of a shock absorber with a coil spring around it. The top of the strut is attached to the car frame, the bottom half to the steering spindle. It is a simpler system to manufacture and modern strut suspensions handle as well as any other type. The MacPherson Strut suspension is subjected to the same stresses as the ball joints in your vehicle. Regular inspection by our dealer is an essential service to keep your vehicle safe and sound.
We often drive our cars with worn parts without even knowing there is a problem. The reason is that components wear out gradually, and while we may see a difference in how our car behaves, we write it off as normal for a five or ten-year-old car. Not so fast. There is no reason a five or ten-year-old car should not drive like new. The difference is the maintenance of the components.
Signs of a serious problem include:
If you experience any of these conditions, call your dealer for an appointment as soon as possible. This should be part of an annual overall inspection by your dealer. As an excellent dealer in Columbus, OH, we are also convenient to Delaware, OH.