Dodge Ram 2500 Upper Ball Joint
About Upper Ball Joint
Ball joints are an integral part of the suspension system and connect the control arms to the steering knuckle. The ball joints provide the necessary pivoting action for the front wheels. While the suspension system allows movement in the vertical direction, the ball joint enables rotation of the steering knuckle providing agility for all type of road profiles. An upper ball joint is the joint which connects the upper control arm to the knuckle. Traditional suspension geometries have a loaded ball joint, but stock ball joints can only take so much. Performance ball joints are able to withstand higher loads and more severe stresses making them ideal for racing applications.
What is the purpose of Upper Ball Joint?
Like a ball and socket joint in the human body, a ball joint in the front suspension of the vehicle also consists of a ball and a socket in both hips and shoulders. The ball is that part of the component that allows the pivoting motion, and where it sits the socket.
How Upper Ball Joint Works?
Once the vehicle is steered while remaining linked to the vehicle's suspension the wheels attached to the wheel hub rotate on the ball joints.
Where is Upper Ball Joint Located?
The upper ball joints that attach to the knuckle are located on either side of each upper control arm end.