Ball Joints & Components

Upper & Lower Ball Joints, Ball Joint Attachment Parts

The ball joints are vitally important for the safe operation of your car's steering and suspension. There are actually two units (upper and lower) per each wheel. Ball joints are rather durable devices, however, they do wear out and get damaged. When a single unit is faulty, you hear that strange noise and think that there is something that needs to be urgently replaced. CARiD is always ready to come to rescue and provide all the necessary replacement parts.

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Ball joints serve for connection between the control arms and steering knuckles. Each unit has a steel bearing stud and a steel socket enclosed in casing, which is a rubber boot that prevents dirt and debris from getting into the assembly. The parts allow the wheels to move up and down as well as pivot the steering knuckles. You are sure to find them in the front suspension, though the joints are also used in the rear suspension in some high performance cars.

Do you know why ball joints fail? For the most part, it happens because of sloppy driving, like abrupt braking, sudden acceleration or when you hit all bumps on the road. The damaged components can affect wheel alignment and cause abnormal tire wearing. They can literally rattle or clunk around in the socket, causing clunking noises. In the worst scenario, they can tighten up and bind the steering, so you will have a tight spot as you turn the steering wheel. Well, guess what? By getting replacement units with us, you'll bring the smoothness back.

If strange car noises, uneven steering, excessive vibration, or wobbling became an everyday thing for you, chances are that you have bad ball joints. Do you wonder how their condition can be checked? You have two ways, and it all depends on the type: whether you have the ball joints that are 'sealed for life' or those designed for periodic lubrication and equipped with special built-in wear indicators (usually grease fittings). If the fitting moves around inside the housing, then you need a new unit. Sealed joints require another type of inspection. You'll have to separate the control arms from the steering knuckles, and as that is much of a challenge, let a mechanic diagnose the parts. Note that as a rule, the ball joints are replaced in complete sets or at least in matched pairs.

Ball joints typically last 70,000 to 150,000 miles. It obviously depends on your driving habits and the way you maintain the parts. To prevent serious damage, you better inspect them whenever the vehicle's lubrication is checked. By doing so, you will extend the lifespan of these items. Otherwise, they will dry out and rust. And when they finally wear out, you need highly durable replacements, made of heavy-duty materials (hardened steel, for instance). Well, we'll be here for you as it's our primary mission to provide you with parts of the highest quality at an affordable price.

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2009 Toyota Tacoma
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These things are great! Many times better than OEM.

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