GM Ball Joints Buyer's Guide
Just about every vehicle on the road has ball joints. They are suspension components that affect your car’s steering and handling. Failing ball joints can be dangerous, so replacing them when they start to show signs of wear is always a good idea.
If you are looking to learn more about ball joints, then this is the perfect guide for you.
In This Guide We Cover:
- What a ball joint does
- How to identify a failing ball joint
- OEM or aftermarket – what’s the best choice?
- How to replace your ball joints
- Buying replacement ball joints
So, What Exactly Is A Ball Joint?
Technically speaking, ball joints are a ball and socket-style bearing. They are found on both sides of your front suspension and connect the control arms to the steering knuckles.
Their job is to allow the wheels to turn side to side while the control arms and other suspension parts move up and down. They last up to 150,000-miles but can fail a lot earlier depending on a variety of factors. They will always fail while you are driving, but there are many warning signs before that happens.
Is Your Ball Joint Failing?
Do you hear clunking noises from the front of your car? Does your car drift from side to side? These are signs that you may need to replace your ball joints. Leave it too long and the ball joint may fail completely.
This can be disastrous if you are traveling at speed, and inconvenient if you are far from home. If you need more help then read our in-depth guide on how to diagnose failing ball joints.
Should You Buy OEM Or Aftermarket Ball Joints?
This is the eternal debate when it comes to maintaining your vehicle. Aftermarket parts can sometimes be cheaper up front. Going OEM guarantees you that the part will fit and perform correctly. Important considerations when it comes to components like ball joints.
Deciding between them in this case is made that much easier. All thanks to GM Parts Center’s price match guarantee. You can be sure you're getting the best price on your factory GM parts and accessories every time.
Replacing Ball Joints
Installing your own ball joints can be a big cost saver. Read our step-by-step guide on how to replace your own ball joints here. We cover everything about the preparation and tools you’ll need to carry out the job.
Buying Replacement Ball Joints
Buying genuine GM replacement ball joints couldn’t be simpler. GM Parts Center has everything you need for your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer, or Oldsmobile.
Head on over to our useful VIN Decoder and find the correct part the first time. If you prefer the personal touch, then get in contact with us and we’ll find the right part for you. You can even keep track of your order once it has been placed with us.