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How To Diagnose a Loose or Worn Ball Joint

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

We recently took our Chevy Equinox in for a Massachusetts State inspection. When you do a Mass inspection, they check your lights, your horn, your safety equipment, and they also check your front suspension. They'll put it up on a jack and they'll shake the tires up and down and back and forth and try and detect where in the front end the ball joints, the hubs, tie rods, and things like that.

In our Equinox, the ball joints were worn out, so I'm going to show you what that looks like when your ball joints are worn out, what they tested for, how they tested it, and how they did it.

Okay, you're going to want to pay attention to this joint right here. This is the steering knuckle and this is the control arm. When I shake back and forth, if you watch, you'll see this steering knuckle move independently of this control arm, and that's what should not happen. If you see play like that in your ball joints or tie rods, also your hubs, keep 1A Auto in mind., we sell the ball joints. We sell control arms with ball joints, tie rods, as well as hubs.

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