One very simple way to explain what your vehicle's ball joints do is to compare them to your body's ball and socket joints that connect one bone to another. Ball joints, round hardened steel balls with tapered studs extruding from them and encased in a lubricated housing, operate in much the same way, connecting the vehicle's tires to its suspension system; or more specifically, it's steering knuckles to its control arms. The bottom line is that they allow the wheels to turn at the same time as the suspension moves, as well as supporting the weight of the vehicle. The type of suspension system, a car or truck has determined how many ball joints a car or truck has, and whether they're in the front or rear of the vehicle. Like any other part of the suspension, ball joints wear out and become loose, affecting tire wear and wheel alignment. Excessive play in the wheel joint can also result in a clunking when going over a bump.
In addition to the clunking noise, you may notice that
Auto manufacturers have allowances in place for maximum movement. If you live in Sioux Falls SD and suspect you have a ball joint problem, you can bring your auto to Vern Eide Mitsubishi so a technician can determine if it exceeds this allowance.
The procedure for replacing ball joints is actually quite straightforward. At Vern Eide Mitsubishi, a trained and experienced technician will use state-of-the-art tools to
Ball joint replacement is not considered a part of routine maintenance. However, there are two types of ball joints, some that are serviceable, meaning they can be lubricated and greased periodically. Others, mainly on newer models, are sealed, meaning the lubrication is meant to last the lifetime of the ball joint. If your vehicle is of the former type, the ball joints should be checked according to the maintenance interval listed in your service manual, or on older vehicles, with every oil change. Better yet, you can ask service advisors at Vern Eide Mitsubishi.
The staff at Vern Eide realize that it's a bit of a hike to Sioux Falls from communities like Mitchell, Watertown, Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Pierre, Rapid City, and that many drivers prefer to wait while their cars are serviced. And for those whose work schedule does not allow waiting, there are options like early bird and after hour pick-ups and drop-offs as well as shuttle service.