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Took my car to mechanic because car was knocking ang cv boot was ripped with no ball showing. He says its not a cv joint problem but that my ball joints need replacing. Is this possible even though I clearly see the torn boot and the trans was slipping a little

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    I took my car for inspection in Pa. Car failed because mechanic said Ball Joints were trashed and showed me while on a lift you could grab the tire a feel play side to side but nothing if you tried to move up and down. I took it in for service at the local Ford Dealer and asked tha they could check the ball joints, mechanic said they were like new and he happens to be a certified vehilce safety inspector in Maryland! He mentioned that these cars require the tire to be under load when check, it that correct? By the way this car tracks beautifly, no problems on the back windy roads either, I'm at a lose!!

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    I took my car for inspection in Pa. Car failed because mechanic said Ball Joints were trashed and showed me while on a lift you could grab the tire a feel play side to side but nothing if you tried to move up and down. I took it in for service at the local Ford Dealer and asked tha they could check the ball joints, mechanic said they were like new and he happens to be a certified vehilce safety inspector in Maryland! He mentioned that these cars require the tire to be under load when check, it that correct? By the way this car tracks beautifly, no problems on the back windy roads either, I'm at a lose!!

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Hi there,
yes it is possible that the ball joint could be making that noise,a cv joint although does not always make a noise just becuse the boot is split.
A cv joint generaly makes a clicking sound on turns,i would maybe get a second opinion if that would make you happy.
I hope that sheds some light on the subject for you.

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