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What r the symptoms of a ball joint needing to be replaced on my 1990 Toyota Camry? When i turn sharply to the right I hear a grinding sound coming from the passenger side front.

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    blueextc3221 May 11, 2010

    ball joint failure would cause a loping (up and down movement) when turning sharp.

    A grinding while turning indicates bad C/V joint.

    Replace axle 1/2 shafts. They cannot be repaired.



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You will have play in the steering
and the ride a tad rougher. but you can look at them if they are busted or when you greese the grease leaks through cracks.

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