How long can I drive on a bad ball joint?
short answer is…
it depends on how bad they are.
the lower ball joint typically gets more wear than the upper.
i’d say, if there’s just a little wiggle in either joint, you should have no problem driving 500 miles.
they start to clunk when they’re really bad..
Is it dangerous to drive with a bad ball joint?
Ball joints play a major role in the steering and suspension of cars and can last a long time. However, driving on bad ball joints can cause major damage and total ball joint failure can be fatal. If you’re unsure about the condition of the ball joints in a car, then speak to a garage about good quality replacements.
How can you tell if you got a bad ball joint?
Manual Test To check a ball joint for horizontal play you need to grab the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions of the wheel and rock the top and bottom of the wheel in and out. If you can hear clunking or grinding or you can see excessive movement in the ball joint then it probably needs to be replaced.
How long do ball joints last?
Generally speaking, you should expect to have to have your ball joints replaced between 70,000 to 150,000 miles of driving. Excessive play in the joint can cause additional wear, and if a ball joint fails, your car’s suspension could collapse and you could lose control of the vehicle.
What sound does a bad ball joint make?
Metallic clunking noise: One of the most noticeable and common symptoms of a bad ball joint is a clunking or knocking noise when the suspension moves up and down. A worn ball joint will begin to rattle inside the socket when driving over an uneven road, rough terrain, potholes or speed bumps.