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Lower ball joint

Guy's how can you tell if your ball joints are bad. Mine are pretty new, but they are very tight to move around. Is this normal?.
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Re: Lower ball joint

Yes, it's normal. If you could move the tapered stud easily by hand; it would be worn out.
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Re: Lower ball joint

With front wheels off the ground, try to wiggle tire by placing one hand on top and one hand on bottom alternating pressure top and bottom while looking for movement at the ball joints.

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Re: Lower ball joint

Important, to check ball joints, jack up under the A frame not the chassis
With the wheel just off the ground, use a pinch bar between the ground and wheel to check for movement...
you need 3 hands and long arms or another person, to load unload the pinch bar while you 'feel' where the movement is....ball joints, suspension arms, wheel bearings etc.

GM bottom ball joints, will have a little play in the bottom joint...this is quite normal...even a brand new bottom ball joint after a couple 100 miles will have little play
From memory spec was 15/1000 ??
Top ball joint, no play
Wheel bearings may have very slight play, this is due to they are not tightened right up..they are seated then backed off 1 castle nut gap...DONT have wheel bearing tight
Also spin the wheel and listen for any bearing rumble...there should be none.

Check steering arms for play

To check tie rods, pitman etc...full lock on the ground and move the steering wheel back and forth, while someone feels each steering joint for play...plus the A frame bushes...there should be none.

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