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What does a ball joint do?

A ball joint is a crucial component in the suspension system of a vehicle. Its primary function is to connect the control arms (or wishbones) to the steering knuckles, allowing for the flexibility of movement in different directions. This connection enables the front wheels to pivot and move up and down, facilitating the vehicle's suspension and steering systems.

The ball joint consists of a ball and socket mechanism. The ball joint is attached to the control arm at one end and to the steering knuckle at the other end. The ball inside the joint allows for a smooth articulation, allowing the wheel to turn left and right, and to move up and down over bumps and irregularities in the road.

Over time, ball joints can wear out due to the constant movement and stress they endure. When a ball joint fails, it can lead to issues such as poor steering control, uneven tire wear, and compromised handling. Therefore, regular inspection and maintenance of ball joints are important for ensuring the safety and proper functioning of a vehicle's suspension system. If a ball joint is found to be damaged or worn, it should be replaced promptly to prevent further complications.

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