If you want to go the DIY route, you will also need to consider the parts and tools needed to get the job done. You will need equipment to jack up your car as well as the ball joint press itself. This can cost anywhere from around $75 to $250 but these tools are also available in AutoZone’s Loan-a-Tool Program.
How do you remove a ball joint without a tool?
Do I need an alignment after replacing lower ball joints?
No, you certainly don’t need alignment after ball joints, unless your previous alignment was done when ball joints were bad and loose. If your car is driving sloppy after ball joints replacement, check other suspension parts.
How many miles do ball joints last?
While ball joints may last 70,000 miles or more, they don’t last forever. Their actual lifespan will depend on your driving habits, road conditions and exposure to road splash and salt.
What are the signs of bad ball joints?
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
Clunking noises coming from the front suspension. One of the most common symptoms of a problem with suspension ball joints is clunking noises coming from the vehicle’s front suspension.
Excessive vibration from the front of the vehicle.
Steering wandering to the left or right.
How long does it take to replace lower ball joints?
It can take a little over an hour to get it replaced, so the full ball joint replacement cost will be between $100 and $400. You never know how much the mechanic is going to charge you until you get the replacement done, but it can help to have an estimate beforehand.
What sound does a bad ball joint make?
Noise – this can be a clunking or squeaking noise. Clunking noises are caused by the worn ball joints rattling as the suspension travels up and down over the road. The squeaking noise is caused by the rubber boot that protects the grease inside the ball joint is damaged, the ball joint will start to squeak.
How much does it cost to fix a lower ball joint?
For replacing the lower ball joint, you will pay about $250, on average. The labor ranges from $225 to $285, and the parts can cost you anywhere from $90 to $120.
Should I replace my ball joints?
Kloster: When a ball joint exceeds the vehicle’s manufacturer’s maximum allowance for movement, it should be replaced. Other signs of needing to replace would be a clunking noise, uneven tire wear or if the vehicle starts to pull. An alignment is recommended after suspension parts are replaced to ensure good tire wear.
Are ball joints expensive to fix?
In general, ball joints are inexpensive with a range between $20 to $80 each. Labor will vary greatly by model. Some vehicles cost as low as $60 to $80. Yet others, especially four-wheel drive trucks, can range from $160 to $200 per ball joint.
Why do ball joints fail?
Ball joints deteriorate if dirt, grit and impurities get inside or grease escapes, leading to a lack of lubrication. Added to this, rusting and general wear and tear also damage these suspension parts. The effects of this deterioration are excessive play and looseness (beyond the manufacturer’s specifications).
Is it dangerous to drive with bad ball joints?
By far the worst that can happen, when driving on a bad ball joint, is breakage. The ball joint can break in two ways: the ball detaching from the socket and stud breakage. No matter the form of breakage, the end result is catastrophic. When the ball joint completely breaks, the wheel is free to move in any direction.
How long can you drive on a bad lower ball joint?
the lower ball joint typically gets more wear than the upper. i’d say, if there’s just a little wiggle in either joint, you should have no problem driving 500 miles.
What happens if ball joint breaks while driving?
In the worst case scenario when a ball joint completely breaks, the wheel is free to move in any direction, causing a complete loss in steering control as well as damage to whatever the freed wheel hits, which is often the fender and/or other steering and suspension parts.
How do you check ball joints?
To check a ball joint for horizontal play you need to grab the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions of the wheel and rock the top and bottom of the wheel in and out. If you can hear clunking or grinding or you can see excessive movement in the ball joint then it probably needs to be replaced.
Can you drive with squeaky ball joints?
You don’t need to replace the whole control arm. You can get the ball joints at any major auto parts store. Nobody is going to tell you it’s ok to drive with them like that, because they could break at any time. Replacing them is going to take you longer than 30 minutes per side.