What to know about the Ball Joint Rear:
Rear ball joints are an essential part of your vehicle’s suspension system. The ball joints join the control arm assembly (part of the chassis) to the steering knuckles (part of the wheels). The ball joints serve two functions: they enable the wheels to steer and enable the suspension to move without obstruction. The rear ball joint acts nearly exactly like the ball joints found in your shoulders and knees; they allow two separate parts to operate both independently and together.
Facts to Note:
It’s a good idea to change all of the ball joints at the same time.
In some cars the control arm blocks the ball joint and will need to be replaced as well.
After having your ball joints changed, you should take your vehicle to a mechanic to have the wheels aligned. Mobile mechanics do not have the equipment needed to carry out wheel alignments.
SEE ALSO:WHAT ARE SIGNS OF BAD CONTROL ARM
How to Fix:
Take out the wheels.
Take out the control arm(s).
Take out and change ball joints;
Check the entire suspension system for any faults.
Whenever your vehicle is being serviced or having routine maintenance, you should ask for the suspension to be cheacked. During a major service, make sure that your ball joints are lubricated, as this will increase their lifespan. If you notice anything wrong with your wheels or suspension, schedule an inspection.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Ball Joint Rear:
Steering wheel is shaky.
Car drifts to one side or the other.
Rear tires make loud noises and have abnormal wear.
Suspension makes odd noises.
Important of this service:
The rear ball joints join the control arm assembly to the steering knuckles, and aid the suspension and wheels work smoothly. The rear ball joints aid your wheels steer, so as the ball joints are spoilt, your car may begin to have steering abnormalities. The rear ball joints also enable the suspension to move, which protects both the suspension and the chassis. Spoilt rear ball joints result in a vehicle that is dangerous to drive, and upon driving, can cause further damage to other parts of your car.