The suspension system on a vehicle is comprised of many different components, most of which are common wear items that must be maintained or replaced throughout the years of ownership. With various bushings, dust boots, and joints that need to be greased and checked frequently, it is only a matter of time before your vehicle is going to need a suspension system serviced. We are going to look at one of the most commonly worn suspension items, the ball joint.
What Is A Ball Joint?
A ball joint is a component of your suspension that consists of a ball and socket to provide a pivoting movement between the steering knuckle and your control arms. Most ball joints are made up of a metal housing, a stud, and a rubber boot that is filled with grease. As the ball joint wears and is exposed to the elements, it can deteriorate, causing cracks or tears. When a rubber boot on a ball joint tears, it can leak out the grease that keeps the ball joint lubricated. Over time, the ball joint wears quicker and will fail due to inadequate lubrication.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Bad Ball Joint?
If your ball joints are failing or are starting to go bad, there are going to be symptoms that you may start to notice.
A Clunking Or Rattling Noise Coming From The Tire Area
Your Steering May Feel Like It Wanders Or Is Loose
You May Start to Experience Harsher Cabin Vibrations
Your Front Tires May Start To Wear Unevenly Due To The “Play” That The Ball Joint Has
These symptoms can be signs that another suspension component has gone bad as well. This is a great opportunity to take the time and perform the GSP Corner Check. GSP always recommends to inspect all related parts or systems for any signs of damage or wear. It is always recommended to have your vehicle inspected by a service professional. Especially if you are experiencing any change in the way your suspension is performing.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Ball Joint?
If you or your mechanic has narrowed down your issue to a bad ball joint, you need to get it repaired quickly before it causes damage to any other suspension components. On average, a ball joint replacement is going to cost you about $240 and $331. Whenever any undercar work is performed, it is always recommended to have your vehicle aligned. This service cost will need to be accounted for as well. As always, the cost of your ball joint replacement can vary depending on where you take your vehicle.
High-Quality Ball Joints From GSP Latin America
If you are needing to replace the ball joints on your vehicle, look no further than GSP Latin America to provide you with the highest-quality ball joints on the market.
Precision - Manufactured in world-leading CNC machines to ensure processing accuracy and stability.
Quality Control - All GSP’s suspension components undergo an extensive quality control process
Optimization - Each ball joint features an OE design improvement for better product performance and easier installation.
Anti-Corrosion Treatment - All GSP steering and suspension components are covered with electrophoretic paint to provide superior anti-corrosion treatment.