Chevrolet Equinox Lower Ball Joint
About Lower Ball Joint
Ball joints are like hinges that attach the suspension control arms to the steering knuckles. It is equipped with a rotary, spherical stud and a socket that allows the wheels to keep moving from one side to the other, both up and down when bumps pass. Based upon the vehicle and suspension system, ball joints may vary. On some cars, both the upper and the lower front ball joints may be load-bearing joints (which will quickly become worn out) and depend on the suspension design. Vehicles with strut suspensions of McPherson may have smaller ball joints; some rear-ball joints can also be found. However, the internal lubrication or seals can wear out over time. Most vehicles do not need daily lubrication of their ball joints as they are closed.
What is the purpose of Lower Ball Joint?
The ball joints are a crucial component of any vehicle; they form part of the chassis connecting the steering knuckles with the control arms next to the wheels. It fits into the control arm; the steering knuckle and the socket are connected to it. However, ball joints are found in all front ends of the car and truck, as vehicles with their independent rear suspension also have rear ball joints.
How Lower Ball Joint Works?
As you are aware, the ball joints are an integral part of the vehicle's front suspension. A vehicle's front suspension is complex, it has an arrangement of connexions, bushings, joints, and bearings that allow the vehicle to move independently up and down and to turn left or right. The suspension system maximises the tires road contact to ensure the optimal vehicle stability and tire wear is guaranteed. The ball joints bind different links and allow them to travel, they consist of a ball and socket similar to that of the human body's shoulder. The front suspension ball joints allow pivoting motion between the steering knuckles and control arms to ensure safe, smooth ride, which will help drivers 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 serve as a link between the wheels and the vehicle's suspension. In the front suspension of the majority of cars, you can find upper and lower ball joints on both sides.