Dodge Sprinter Lower Ball Joint
About Lower Ball Joint
Ball joint are like hinges that connect the arms of the suspension control to the knuckles of the steering. They are equipped with a rotating, spherical stud and a socket which allows the wheels to have a wide range of movement from side to side for steering as well as up and down when passing bumps. Ball joints will vary depending on the vehicle and the suspension system. In some vehicles there are both upper and lower front ball joints, and these can be load-bearing joints (which wear out soon) depending on the design of the suspension. Those vehicles that have the McPherson strut suspensions have only lower ball joints; may also be present in some rear ball joints. Most vehicles do not require to lubricate their ball joints periodically as they are sealed, however the internal lubrication or seals may wear out over time.
What is the purpose of Lower Ball Joint?
The ball joints are a critical component of any vehicle; they are part of the chassis that connect the steering knuckles to the wheel-side control arms. It fits into the control arm; the steering knuckle and socket are attached. Ball joints are present in all front ends of the car and truck, but they do have rear ball joints as automobiles with their separate rear suspension.
How Lower Ball Joint Works?
As you know, the ball joints form an integral component of the vehicle's front suspension. A vehicle's front suspension is complex, it has an assembly of links, bushings, joints, and bearings that allow the vehicle to independently move up and down and to turn left or tight together. The suspension system maximises the tires road contact to ensure optimum vehicle control and tire wear. The ball joints connect different links and allow them to move, they consist of a ball and a socket similar to that of the human body's shoulder. The front suspension ball joints allow pivoting movement between the steering knuckles and the control arms to ensure safe, smooth ride, which will help the driver control the vehicle well on roads, particularly during bumpy rides and sharp turns.
Where is Lower Ball Joint Located?
Since the ball joints connect the control arm with the steering knuckle they act as a pivot between the wheels and the vehicle's suspension. Within the front suspension of the majority of cars you can find both upper and lower ball joints on both sides.