What does it cost to replace a Ball Joint?
The cost of replacing your ball joint will greatly depend on the type of vehicle you have and which ball joint you need replaced, e.g. lower ball joint or upper ball joint. A typical range for a replacement of a ball joint however is somewhere between $200-$400 depending on these factors mentioned.
How does a Ball Joint work?
The ball joint connects the tires and wheels to the rest of the suspension system. The ball joint is also a vital component of your vehicle's steering
A ball joint connects the control arm to the steering knuckle, creating a pivot for your vehicle's suspension.
When one or more of your ball joints is worn out and dry, you will get a groaning or creaking noise while driving, especially when turning.
You hear noises from the front of the car when turning or hitting bumps.
If you look on the edges and see excessive or uneven wear, this could point to alignment issues for your vehicle because of bad ball joints.
Excessively worn ball joints can sometimes create freeplay in your steering, and it will not be as responsive as it normally would be when turning the wheel back and forth.
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How urgent are Ball Joint repairs?
A ball joint that is excessively worn is a safety issue. It needs to be addressed right away. If a ball joint is left in this state for a period of time, and it fails or breaks, your wheel can fold in on itself. We recommend that if you believe there might be a problem with your ball joint or if you are getting any common symptoms of a bad ball joint to have it addressed right away.