If you own or operate a fleet of vehicles or a commercial truck, chances are you’ve encountered a bad ball joint or two. How do you catch one before it breaks, and why is it important? A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service in St Augustine, FL has the answers.
Your ball joints are the connecting point between the vehicle and its suspension. Like any moving part, ball joints will begin to go bad, and eventually fail completely. While they’re built to be more heavy-duty on commercial vehicles, trucks, and vans are also heavy, and work hard.
For this reason, it’s important to pay attention to the signs; if a ball joint fails completely, your vehicle will lose steering and be rendered immobile. In the best-case scenario, you’re looking at a tow, expensive repair, and a ruined workday. At worst, a wreck can occur.
So how do you know if a ball joint is bad? Bad ball joints may squeak, rattle, or both. These sounds will be particularly noticeable going over bumps, dips, or rough terrain, and can sometimes even be heard by bouncing the vehicle up and down by hand while it’s parked. If you notice indicators of a failing ball joint, don’t hesitate to have it fixed - it’s an inexpensive fix that doesn’t take long and prevents a lot of safety issues and further damage from occurring.
No matter your maintenance or repair needs, our professional technicians have you covered. For the best fleet and commercial truck service shop in St Augustine, FL, call or stop by A-Ford-Able Auto Repair & Tire Service today.
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