Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ball Joint (Front)
- Clunking Noises From the Front Suspension. One of the most common symptoms of a problem with suspension ball joints is clunking noises coming from the vehicle’s front suspension.
- Excessive Vibration From the Front of the Vehicle.
- Uneven Wear on Front Tires.
- Steering Wheel Wandering to the Left or Right.
Can you drive a car with a bad ball joint?
By far the worst that can happen, when driving on a bad ball joint, is breakage. When the ball joint completely breaks, the wheel is free to move in any direction. Typically, the wheel will turn outwards, slam against the fender and drag the tire until the brakes are applied.
How much does it cost to replace a ball joint?
The average cost for a suspension ball joint replacement is between $246 and $371. Labor costs are estimated between $105 and $134 while parts are priced between $141 and $237. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
What happens when a ball joint fails?
A broken ball joint may be the cause of a mysterious clunking noise or drifting steering. And once they’re worn, they will seriously affect your steering and suspension. If a ball joint fails completely, it can even result in the wheel dramatically falling off the car.