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      04-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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How Do You Know If Ball Joints Are Bad?? Bad Bad Roads... >.<

Hi I moved to Regina.

WORST ROADS I HAVE EVER SEEN..

where I park, it is really snowy/icy, and people driving thru it left a track in the ice

my car gets stuck,

but yesterday I was trying to park, and my front end dipped into the track, and it felt like my front right tire took a beating

when I drive the car is perfectly fine.. but I am concerned I damaged a ball joint (OCD)

how hard is it to damage one?

the roads here are also really really bad lots of potholes which i try to avoid but you cant avoid them all


also is it bad to park on an uneven surface?

thanks
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Well it's not THAT hard to damage one but they are pretty robust. If nothing is different in the steering or ride then I personally wouldn't worry about it. Usually a toasted ball joint makes a clunking, popping or rattle noise.
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Well it's not THAT hard to damage one but they are pretty robust. If nothing is different in the steering or ride then I personally wouldn't worry about it. Usually a toasted ball joint makes a clunking, popping or rattle noise.

when would it make that noise?

when I hit a bump correct? because I think my mom's 3 series (2004) had that problem..

also is it true that if the ball joint is bad, under braking, the steering wheel would turn slightly towards that direction?
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To answer your question you take a pair of channel locks and squeeze the ball joint with the jaws on top and botton. Any movement, repeat any movement indicates they are bad...
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To answer your question you take a pair of channel locks and squeeze the ball joint with the jaws on top and botton. Any movement, repeat any movement indicates they are bad...
fk i don't got all that stuff

i can't even wash my car because regina is a dump

theres fkin mad snow out there n its april

i sure miss southside ontario

anyways back to point

do u guys reckon them balljoints are pretty sturdy? fk i can't afford to fix it rite now i just got a job.. i mean the care drives perfectly fine but the roads out here r a minefield
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Yeah bumps will bring out ball joint sounds, as will turning full lock sometimes. But if the car is driving perfectly fine then I really wouldn't worry about them.
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