Glaring Problems Encountered with Hyundai Santa Fe Ball Joints
Ball jointsarespherical bearingsthat connect thecontrol armsto thesteering knuckles. It's design is basically similar to the hip joint we humans have. This allows the wheels to move freely even if the road is not very smooth. It also acts as the pivot between the wheels and the suspension system of the car. Although ball joints are made from durablesteel, it still can encounter problems in the long run. Once the ball joints become troublesome, it can greatly affect the steering and suspension. Here are some of the scenarios you can observe if the ball joints have gone bad.
Suspension is knocking or squeaking over bumps.
Once the area around the wheel begins to squeak and knock when driving over a bump, that's an indication of a defective or dry ball joints. Ball joints need to be lubricated properly for a smooth operation. The squeaks come from the metal-to-metal contact within the ball joint. This will create friction and introduce premature wear to the ball joints. The knocks, on the other hand, almost always goes together with a stickier steering response. As a result, steering the vehicle will be more difficult than usual.
Vehicle is wandering.
Since the ball joints are responsible for connecting the control arms to the steering knuckles, a loose or failed ball joint can make the vehicle wander to single or different directions. With the absence of the function of the ball joint, the vehicle will be less responsive and will form wheel play. This will make the vehicle not just difficult but also dangerous to drive.
Tire wear is uneven.
If a ball joint fails and becomes loose, the tires will quickly reflect a considerable amount of uneven tire wear. Another indication of a broken ball joint that contributes to the uneven tire wear is the weird angles that the tires are in. There will be a gradual loss in control until the car halts because of tires blows up or wheels being at obscure angles. You might find yourself going to the shop frequently for camber alignment. Check the ball joints if this happens.