Detecting Worn Nissan Maxima Ball Joints
Worn Nissan Maxima ball joints aren't difficult to identify. There are a couple of inspection points you can check and tests you can do to verify if the ones on your car have gone bad. Some you can do while performing routine maintenance on your ride, while you may notice others at the times that you are having difficulty in handling the car. Whenever you encounter one of these symptoms, there's a big chance that it automatically points to something wrong with these suspension components. Replace and work on bad ball joints at once at the first sign of a problem.
This is a simple test you can do to your Maxima to see if the ball joints are still in good condition or not. With the car raised on stands, try shaking the front wheels sideways. If you are able to move them with enough force and the joints appear to be shaking as well, this is a sure sign of bad ones on your car.
A sign of playfulness in the ball joints is clunking noise from the area. You may hear this more while you are driving and the windows are down. The control arm and steering knuckle which is held together by the part is the reason behind this. Both component's internal parts have become loose that and end up rattling around the assembly.
Torn rubber boot
One portion of the Nissan Maxima's ball joint is encased in a rubber boot. This cover is where most of its oil is placed. When you see that the rubber is torn and ripped, it means that the internal parts are moving too much that it already punctures this sleeve. Not only will the joint be left without enough lubrication, it's also exposed to elements that can speed up its deterioration.
Any steering issues also point to bad ball joints. Turning the wheel may either be too stiff or too easy than it should be. Another symptom is when the car may also be veering towards one side when you let go of the steering wheel because of a bad alignment.