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The Signs of a Bad Ball Joint and Spindle

by Jen Davis

The ball joint and spindle are components of your vehicle's steering and suspension system. A bad ball joint or spindle can cause problems with your vehicle and greatly increases the chances of being involved in a serious accident due to loss of steering control. There are several things to look for if you suspect that your car has a malfunctioning or broken ball joint or spindle.

Tire Wear

A bad ball joint or broken spindle can cause your vehicle's tires to wear unevenly. If your car's tires appear to have more tread left on the inside than the outside, you should check the ball joints and spindle, along with the rest of the suspension.

Steering Problems

Your car's ball joint is an integral part of the steering system. If the ball joint is extremely worn out or breaks, you can expect to have steering problems with your vehicle. In some cases, you may be completely unable to steer the vehicle. This is why you should have your ball joints periodically checked and replaced by a mechanic. AA1Car recommends replacing the ball joints when your car has racked up between 70,000 and 150,000 of mileage.

Noises

Broken or malfunctioning ball joints and spindles can cause your car to make strange noises when driving down the road. Grinding, popping or any other noises that seem to be coming from your wheel or tire area need to be checked by a mechanic as soon as possible.

About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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