How much does it cost to replace a front end ball joint?
In general, ball joints are inexpensive with a range between $20 to $80 each. Labor will vary greatly by model. Some vehicles cost as low as $60 to $80. Yet others, especially four-wheel drive trucks, can range from $160 to $200 per ball joint.
Can I drive with a knocking ball joint?
Can you drive with bad ball joints? In the worst case scenario when a ball joint completely breaks, the wheel is free to move in any direction, causing a complete loss in steering control as well as damage to whatever the freed wheel hits, which is often the fender and/or other steering and suspension parts.
Do you need a ball joint press to replace ball joints?
In most cases, a ball joint press and ball joint fork will be needed to remove the ball joint and separate the control arm from the steering knuckle, which both of these are available for free through AutoZone’s Loan-A-Tool program.
How long does it take to change a ball joint?
The ball joint is a small part of your car, and the part itself is only going to cost between $20-$150 or more, depending on where you get it from and what kind of vehicle you own. It can take a little over an hour to get it replaced, so the full ball joint replacement cost will be between $100 and $400.
How long can you drive on a worn 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.
Can you hammer in a ball joint?
Ball joints, steering knuckles and control arms get extremely dirty on the undercarriage of any vehicle. If you use a hammer on the bottom of the ball joint to knock it into place it can cause a ripple effect of damage. The lamination on the ball joint can deform or mushroom into the knuckle.
Can you replace just the ball joint without replacing control arm?
In order to know if just the ball joint or the whole complete lower control arm needs replaced, the lower ball joint will need to be disconnected from the steering knuckle and checked to see if it fits tight in the lower control arm. If it is loose, then replace control arm.
Can I replace only one side ball joint?
If you change the ball joints due to wear on one side of the vehicle, then the other side will likely go bad in a short time. I would recommend replacing both sides at the same time so only one alignment needs to be done and you have the peace of mind that your front ball joints will be good for a long time.