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My front drivers side tire on the inside is being tore up, I hear I need my ball joints replaced, how do I replace them, do they have to be compressed?? Or does a shop have to do it or could I do it in my own garage.

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Don't rule out an alignment. if your front tires are out of tow it will eat up the inside of the tires

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I have excess tire wear mostly on left steer wearing the inside of the tire. this has happened to three sets of tires I also had an allignment done

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How do you tell if your ball joints or bushings are bad

Best Answer - Chosen by AskerWhat is the difference between control arms bushions and ball joints. There is a big difference between the two and the job they do. The bushion conect the control arms to the fram. There are two bushion per control arms. So there is a total of four per front wheel. Two for the upper control arm and two per lower control arm. It let's the vehicle go up and down. And is the back half of the the system that hold the coil spring in place with the two control arms. The ball joint are known as upper and lower ball joint. So you have two ball joints per front wheel. They hook in to the outter end's of the control arms. And hook to the top and botton of the spinner. They allow you to trun the wheel's to the left and right. Along with the spinner hole the outter side of the control arms to hole the coil springs in place. Putting the spring under pressure. In small a Srud is used and takes the place of the bushion's and ball joint's.
What has play in it? There should be some play but you should be able to move it by hand. Most ball joint's can be lubbed. If it still has play of a 1/4 inch it should be replaced. A really bad ball joint can pull out of the socket. This will cause the wheel go up in the fencer well. If the top one brakes loose the wheel will lay down. That is the danagous of the ball joint giving away. It will be hard to control the car to a stop. The bushion's will let moving of the part and wear out the front tires really fash.
I know you don't care to hear this. The car should go to a front end shop. Where they have the special tools to do the job safety. Pluse can line the vehicle back up. When it will need. It be cheaper than a roll over.


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1990 oldsmobile delta 88 royale brougham. When The engine is running you can hardly hear it. It runs great, and sounds good... Until you start driving at higher speeds. It starts around 20 kmh and will...

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When i make right or left turns beneath my driver side i hear a thumping/pulling sound

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