Keeping the Dodge Ball Joint in Great Shape
Out of sight, out of mind-this is probably why you don't usually think about your ball joints under they have gone bad. The Dodge ball joint links the control arm, which allows the up-and-down motion, to the steering knuckle, which turns the wheels. If the ball joint that connects them breaks or becomes loose, you can count on steering and suspension issues. Don't let bad ball joints mess up the vehicle's drivability. Here are things that you should do to keep the ball joint/s in great shape:
- Know the symptoms of a bad ball joint.
You can't easily tell what's going on with the ball joints. You don't usually get to crawl underneath the vehicle to inspect the chassis. To find out if these parts are still in good condition or if something is wrong with them, you have to watch out for the symptoms. Don't ignore that intermittent banging sound. This noise becomes even more pronounced as you drive over a bump or dip or when cornering. This sound can be similar to hitting a metal piece with a hammer, although it's quite faint. Check the ball joints and the rest of steering and suspension system even before this turns into a louder bang or creak. If you notice uneven tire wear, especially the outer edges wearing out faster than the other tread or cupping on the inner edges, this may indicate ball joint deterioration. Steering can also become stiff or sloppy due to bad ball joints. Vibration in the steering wheel while driving straight may also be felt. In these cases, the ball joints must be inspected.
If there are clunking noises and steering difficulties, the ball joints and the rest of the suspension should be inspected. When checking these parts, the vehicle should be raised off the ground to get a better look at the situation and condition underneath. Hold the top and bottom of the tire and rock this in and out vertically. There shouldn't be a movement, except for the side-to-side motion for steering. If this rocks in and out, this indicates ball joint wear. With a pry bar in between the control and the wheel hub, you can also check if the ball joint has deteriorated. Try prying them apart. If there's a movement, then check the ball joint for damage or wear. Also check for a bad grease fitting. Some ball joints have built-in wear indicators such as a moving grease fitting, a wear indicator pin, or a raised collar for the grease fitting. Consider the type or design of suspension and ball joints. The vehicle manual can be your best guide to their design and specs.
- Perform routine suspension maintenance.
To prolong the life of ball joints and other suspension parts, the under-chassis should be lubricated regularly. Some car owners do this every 3,000 miles or whenever oil is changed. Follow a regular schedule according to the manufacturers recommended mileage intervals. By having the suspension inspected periodically, you can gauge the condition of the ball joints easily. Check also the rubber boots. If they're torn or missing, the ball joints are likely deteriorated as well. While some ball joints are sealed and won't have to be lubricated, some would need some greasing to keep them working well.
Mevotech Ball Joint
A worn out ball joint can cause severe handling issues in any vehicle and should always be replaced as soon as possible. Fix this problem by getting a compatible Mevotech ball joint immediately! Mevotech has been making top-of-the-line aftermarket parts since 1982. Specializing in designing top-quality parts using technologically advanced methods, the company creates OE replacement parts and accessories that are nearly identical to the original and could even exceed the original part's performance. The Mevotech ball joint is a greasable ball joint that's perfect for DIY repair on a vehicle's steering or suspension system. This product is sold individually.
Replacement Ball Joint
Loud creaking bumps and noises during hard steering can be a sign that a car's ball joints have gone bad and are about to wear out. This won't just affect a car's handling but could damage other parts as well. Replace a worn out ball joint beforehand using a Replacement Ball Joint. Replacement brand parts are high-quality components that are both durable yet easy to install, perfect for DIY repair and maintenance. The Replacement Ball Joint is greasable and includes all the necessary mounting hardware for quick and easy installation. This product is sold individually and is backed by a 1-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Moog Ball Joint
Old ball joints can affect a car's handling and can often be heard as loud knocking noises when steering hard. Don't ignore a broken ball joint and have it replaced with a Moog ball joint right away. Moog has been manufacturing automotive parts for more than 40 years, making them one of the best in the business today. The Moog ball joint is a greasable OE replacement that fits perfectly and performs even better than an original. Made from fine-grain alloy steel and powdered-metal gusher bearings, this product will resist wear and tear better than other more conventional designs. The Moog ball joint is sold individually and includes all necessary mounting hardware along with ball joint boots that prevent contamination from debris.