Your Dodge ball joint is one of the many parts of your suspension system, and if you keep your vehicle long enough, you can expect to have the experience of one going bad on you. Your main clue that a Dodge ball joint is going bad will be deteriorating handling. Unfortunately, that is a common symptom to many suspension system parts problems, and so you can expect that you'll have to engage your problem solving skills and begin ruling out potential causes, one by one. This is a process you'll want to put in motion without too much delay, because, as with all suspension system parts, if your Dodge ball joint is working its way towards complete failure, you are putting your other suspension parts, particularly the ones that work in close partnership with the Dodge ball joint, at risk. Delay can mean that instead of dealing with just the replacement of your Dodge ball joint, you'll need to spend more of your hard-earned money and time in the repair of other associated parts. When choosing your Dodge ball joint replacement, you may want to consider installing an aftermarket version that can be lubricated, rather than the sealed type that often comes stock. That's because one of the most common reasons for the failure of a Dodge ball joint is that the lubrication fades away, leaks out or otherwise disappears, and if it is able to be lubricated, you stand a better chance of it lasting longer, as long as - of course - you perform that maintenance task regularly. We have an excellent Dodge ball joint selection in our online catalog, along with a wide variety of aftermarket replacement parts and accessories for your Dodge. You'll find that our prices are affordable and ordering is always safe and easy, whether you choose to use our secure site or our toll-free telephone number to place your Dodge ball joint order.
Keeping the Dodge Ball Joint in Great Shape
Out of sight, out of mind-this is probably why you don't usually think about your ball joints under they have gone bad. The Dodge ball joint links the control arm, which allows the up-and-down motion, to the steering knuckle, which turns the wheels. If the ball joint that connects them breaks or becomes loose, you can count on steering and suspension issues. Don't let bad ball joints mess up the vehicle's drivability. Here are things that you should do to keep the ball joint/s in great shape:
- Know the symptoms of a bad ball joint.
You can't easily tell what's going on with the ball joints. You don't usually get to crawl underneath the vehicle to inspect the chassis. To find out if these parts are still in good condition or if something is wrong with them, you have to watch out for the symptoms. Don't ignore that intermittent banging sound. This noise becomes even more pronounced as you drive over a bump or dip or when cornering. This sound can be similar to hitting a metal piece with a hammer, although it's quite faint. Check the ball joints and the rest of steering and suspension system even before this turns into a louder bang or creak. If you notice uneven tire wear, especially the outer edges wearing out faster than the other tread or cupping on the inner edges, this may indicate ball joint deterioration. Steering can also become stiff or sloppy due to bad ball joints. Vibration in the steering wheel while driving straight may also be felt. In these cases, the ball joints must be inspected.
If there are clunking noises and steering difficulties, the ball joints and the rest of the suspension should be inspected. When checking these parts, the vehicle should be raised off the ground to get a better look at the situation and condition underneath. Hold the top and bottom of the tire and rock this in and out vertically. There shouldn't be a movement, except for the side-to-side motion for steering. If this rocks in and out, this indicates ball joint wear. With a pry bar in between the control and the wheel hub, you can also check if the ball joint has deteriorated. Try prying them apart. If there's a movement, then check the ball joint for damage or wear. Also check for a bad grease fitting. Some ball joints have built-in wear indicators such as a moving grease fitting, a wear indicator pin, or a raised collar for the grease fitting. Consider the type or design of suspension and ball joints. The vehicle manual can be your best guide to their design and specs.
- Perform routine suspension maintenance.
To prolong the life of ball joints and other suspension parts, the under-chassis should be lubricated regularly. Some car owners do this every 3,000 miles or whenever oil is changed. Follow a regular schedule according to the manufacturers recommended mileage intervals. By having the suspension inspected periodically, you can gauge the condition of the ball joints easily. Check also the rubber boots. If they're torn or missing, the ball joints are likely deteriorated as well. While some ball joints are sealed and won't have to be lubricated, some would need some greasing to keep them working well.