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I have a ford escort 97 it stips the road and bangs when you drive it i was told it could be a bull joint

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I think you mean .....BALL joint. you can get them from your local auto parts store.

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I have a 97 ford escort right my problem iswhen i am driving the car the car seems to skip across the road i have been told it could be a bull joint and it bangs when you go over bumps thanks

Hi, you are spot on mate with bottom ball joint if you have knocking noise a sort of rattle on rough road or over bumbs then this is 100% the bottom ball joint these are cheap to buy and its best to replace both sides as you will only get the same problem with the other one sooner rather than later.
These you can replace yourself as it is only a copule of bolts just need to have the car jacked up and on stands.
The only tool that you might need is a ball joint splitter as they tend to be seized on the bottom ball joints are cheap to buy less than £10 uk or £15.
Its better you replace them sooner rather than later because if the ball joint breaks off it will cause nasty accident so only drive if necessary so please get this done asap if it does go then it can do a lot of damage costing several hundred pound to repair also if it does go the car will be stuck where it is and will then need lifting off the road as you wont drive it so you are spot on with the fault but please get this done. If you have any problems then post back

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