Buick Regal Lower Ball Joint
About Lower Ball Joint
Ball joint are like hinges which connect the suspension control arms to the steering knuckles. They have a rotating, spherical stud and a socket, which enables the wheels to have a wide range of movement from side to side for steering as well as up and down when going over bumps on the road. Depending on the vehicle and suspension system ball joints will differ. In some vehicles both upper and lower front ball joints are present, and depending on the design of the suspension these can be load-bearing joints (which wear out soon). Those vehicles which have the McPherson strut suspensions only have lower ball joints; in some rear ball joints may also be present. Most vehicles do not require their ball joints to be lubricated periodically as they are sealed, however the internal lubrication or seals can wear out with time.
What is the purpose of Lower Ball Joint?
The ball joints are a crucial component of any vehicle; they are part of the chassis that connect the steering knuckles to the control arms next to the wheels. It fits into the control arm; it is attached to the steering knuckle and the socket. Ball joints are found in all car and truck front ends, however as vehicles which have their independent rear suspension have rear ball joints too.
How Lower Ball Joint Works?
As you know that the ball joints are an integral component of the front suspension of the vehicle. The front suspension of a vehicle is complex, it possesses an assembly of links, bushings, joints, and bearings which enable the vehicle to move up and down independently and turn left or tight together. The suspension system maximizes the tire’s contact with the road to ensure the best vehicle control and tire wear. The ball joints connect various links and allow them to move, they consist of a ball and socket similar to that of the shoulder in the human body. The ball joints of the front suspension allow pivoting movement between the steering knuckles and control arms in order to provide safe, smooth ride, which will help the driver control the vehicle well on roads, especially during bumpy rides and sharp turns.
Where is Lower Ball Joint Located?
Since the ball joints connect the control arm to the steering knuckle, they act as a pivot between the wheels and the suspension of the vehicle. You can find both upper and lower ball joints on both sides in the front suspension of majority of vehicles.