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Posts Tagged: ball joint

Ball joint replacement

What is a ball joint and how does it fail? What is a ball joint? It’s is a ball-and-socket device that connects the suspension control arm to the steering knuckle. The ball-and-socket design allows the steering knuckle to rotate left and right and move up and down as it encounters road bumps. The joint is lubricated with chassis grease and the grease is held in place with a protective rubber boot. The joint can be attached to the control arm by rivets or nuts and bolts, or pressed into the … Read More

When to replace shocks and struts

Taking the guesswork out of when to replace shocks and struts Shocks and struts are safety items and they wear out Shocks and struts do far more than give you a comfortable ride. They affect your car’s stopping distance and ultimately your safety. They also play a significant role in tire wear and steering control. Yet they are the most overlooked maintenance item in car repair today. Why? Because they’re expensive to replace and most drivers aren’t aware of their importance in safety and steering control. Plus, since they’re usually … Read More


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