As the name suggests, ball joints are spherical bearings in sockets and serve as one of the main suspension pivot points. The front ball joints allow the front wheels to pivot and suspension to move up and down when the steering wheel is turned and the vehicle is travelling over the road.
Ball joints can last anywhere between 70,000 and 150,000 miles, however, they are vulnerable to rough road conditions and eventually fatigue will take effect and weaken the ball joint. Damage to the protective boot is a prime cause of ball joint failure as allowing water, mud, and other contaminants into the joint causes corrosion. Therefore, it’s advisable to replace the entire ball joint when the rubber boot is damaged or missing.
Symptoms of a Faulty Ball Joint
Motorists should keep an eye out for:
1. Clunking or knocking noises from the front suspension
2. Excessive vibration from the front of the vehicle
3. Steering wandering to the left or right
Safety Comes First
Since ball joints are vital to the vehicle’s steering and suspension, once they begin to fail they need replacing imminently before the overall handling of the vehicle is compromised and control is lost.
Fahren subjects their steering and suspension range to stringent safety checks to assess their tension and compression hardness, weld penetration, porosity and paint/cataphoresis coating penetration. Safety is critical when it comes to brake and steering components, so Fahren ensures that the whole range meets OE specifications and offers a 12,000-mile/12-month warranty.
What’s New For Fahren
Fahren has introduced 12 new steering and suspension references in the second half of 2018, taking its active steering and suspension range to over 570+ references. A recent highlight includes:
- FAS0105 BALL JOINT L/R PEUGEOT 208 1.6 12-16
Fahren not only provide competitively priced, quality parts, they offer comprehensive aftersales support via e-mail (email@example.com) or telephone (03333 136 591). Fahren parts are available exclusively from FPS via same/next-day delivery; for more information please speak to your local FPS representative or visit the F:Drive where you can view the whole range.