Top Mechanics For Ball Joint Replacement & Repairs
Mobile mechanic in Bedford, 24 years of experience
I completed my apprenticeship at Mercedes Benz qualifying as a light vehicle technician. I am on the professional register with the IMI. I have experience in diagnostics, electrics and vehicle maintenance. I...
KIM • 30th May 2023
Ford Fiesta • Lower ball joint replacement - front (passenger side)
Mobile mechanic in London, 9 years of experience
3 years at AVS where I started my mechanics as an apprentice, mastering general repairs and servicing on a wide range of vehicles , 2 years as a fast fitter in car giant. Perfecting replacing brakes, tyres ...
Garage in Middlesex, 8 years of experience
Our garage is in the heart of West London on Featherstone industrial Estate in Southall. Our business puts our customers first and that's why we're the ideal garage for many people in the local community. We...
Garage in Potters Bar, 35 years of experience
I have worked as a mechanic for over 35 years. I have experience with all types of vehicles including American models. I also have a lot of experience in motorcycles and vans repairs and servicing . Worked ...
EVAN • 18th May 2023
Renault Clio • Lower ball joint replacement - front (driver side)
Garage in Leicester , 30 years of experience
I worked at vnr motorsport bmw specialist and then I ran my own garage and now there is a mobile mechanic <a href='https://www.clickmechanic.com/' title='ClickMechanic'><img width='250' src='https://badge...
Garage in Woking, 12 years of experience
I started my career with Kwik-Fit when I was 16 for a number of years understanding the trade. I moved to work for a few independent garages for around 4 years before working with Vauxhall for 3 years and su...
Mobile mechanic in Hull, 19 years of experience
19 Years Experience Ford Master Technician Ford High Voltage Training Love what I do.
STEPHEN • 23rd March 2023
Vauxhall Vivaro • Lower ball joint replacement - front (passenger side)
Garage in Leicester, 15 years of experience
At J.J. Auto Repair we always aim to be helpful and friendly. We offer a range of services including, Mobile mechanic, Diagnostics, Full service, Multimedia system fitting, and more...
Will definitely be using again and recomending to my friends/colleagues”
BILL • 18th March 2023
Nissan X-Trail • Lower ball joint replacement - front (driver side)
Garage in Rochester, 23 years of experience
I have worked for many successful businesses working as a technician and garage manager. I have also had lots of experience as a mobile mechanic.
Garage in Bradford, 25 years of experience
I have been a mechanic for 25 years, 20 years of that was in a family owned garage, stated my own business HCTA Motors LTD 5 years ago. All training was done with IMI
BEN • 22nd February 2023
Land Rover Range Rover • Lower ball joint replacement - front (passenger side)
Mobile mechanic in Linlithgow, 10 years of experience
Mobile Jaguar Land Rover specialist.
Garage in Bristol, 40 years of experience
Carcraft Servicing and repairs has been operating since 1980 The garage offers a 5 bay workshop and an additional MOT bay for class 4 testing. We offer alloy and steel welding inc alloy wheel repairs , servi...
Garage in Horton, 20 years of experience
Jon owns and operates SMS Autocare and has been running the business for over 15 years in the Slough area. Prior to setting up SMS Autocare Jon completed his apprenticeship and was then a mobile mechanic for...
Garage in Leicester, 12 years of experience
ONYX AUTO CARE are typically renowned for car sales but that is not all! We also do many repairs for customers and get them back on the road as well with our qualified team. We offer a 2 ramp workshop cover...
Mobile mechanic in Ossett, 14 years of experience
I am a dealership trained technician with over 14 years experience, so it's like brining the dealership quality to your door step. I have knowledge of many different makes and models of vehicles through my d...
ANDREW • 30th January 2023
Peugeot 308 • Additional work following previous booking
Frequently asked questions about ball joint replacement & repairs
Read our answers to questions about ball joint replacement costs, symptoms and more.
What is a ball joint on a car?
Ball joints are used throughout a car's suspension system, most prominently at the front of the car, and enable a flexible and fluid connection between the uprights / wheel hubs and the other parts of the suspension and steering. Ball joints are aspherical bearings that consists of a (cup-like) socket in which a bearing stud (ball-shaped) can move around freely, much like the hip or shoulder joint of a human being. The ball is usually kept in place by an internal spring and is encased by a rubber boot.
One application of a ball joint is for the steering system where it connects the steering arm's tie rod end to a wheel's upright. Equally, it connects an upright to the upper and lower control arms of the suspension. This enables the linkages to move flexibly as the wheel moves, transfering the forces from the wheel to the suspension.
What does a ball joint replacement involve?
- The mechanic will jack the car safely and remove the wheels.
- The mechanic will inspect the ball joints.
- If necessary the mechanic will replace the faulty ball joint.
- The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
- The mechanic will re-align the wheels.
- The mechanic will re-check the suspension and test drive the car.
- If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.
Can you replace ball joints yourself?
Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a ball joint replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.
What are the signs of a bad ball joint?
- When the car vibrates whilst driving, noticeable through the steering wheel.
- When the car feels unstable or pulls to one side.
- When there is a thudding or clunking noise coming from one of the wheels on the car.
- When the car's tyres have worn exponentially.
- When the steering 'sticks' when turning the steering wheel.
- When there is a squeaking noise when cornering, stopping or going over a bump.
How long does it take to replace ball joints?
A ball joint replacement typically takes 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take depends on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.
How often should ball joints be replaced?
Over time, the ball joints can wear out, as most moving components of the suspension they are prone to deterioration. Sometimes the ball joints dry out if they have not been lubricated correctly, which leads to increased friction and, for example, heavier steering. In some cases the steering might even stick. Eventually, due to wear the ball joints can become loose leading to imprecise steering and handling, usually identified by a 'woolly' steering feel.
Further signs that there is an issue with a ball joint can also be identified when going over bumps, stopping the car or going around a corner. A thudding or clunking noise coming from the suspension will then point to problem with a ball joint. In turn, this can unbalance the car's wheel alignment, in turn leading to increased tyre wear. In more severe cases a ball joint can fail outright leading to a potentially dangerous situation where you, as a driver, can lose control over the vehicle.
Addressing issues timely and professionally is therefore key to ensure a safe driving experience. Should you experience suspension problems then it is advisable that you have it inspected and, if necessary, have the faulty ball joint replaced. Always service the ball joints as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.
Are ball joints expensive to replace?
Ultimately, the cost of a Ball Joint replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your ball joint replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!
Can you drive a car with a bad ball joint?
A bad ball joint is not something to put off as it can fail completely if not addressed timely, potentially causing you to lose control over the vehicle. Also a bad ball joint that isn't addressed can further deteriorate and cause damage to other components. It is recommended therefore not to drive the vehicle, and find help from a professional mechanic as soon as possible.
Are ball joints a MOT failure?
Yes, ball joints are checked at an MOT test so if they show excessive wear or are otherwise faulty it can lead to the vehicle failing its MOT.
Are ball joints checked during an MOT?
Yes, ball joints are checked during an MOT, like all steering and suspension components. The MOT tester will look to determine whether it has been worn or damaged and poses a safety risk.
How does a ball joint break?
The most common cause of ball joint failure is simply wear and tear. Over time, the ball joint wears down and becomes loose, eventually causing it to break. Other causes of ball joint failure include corrosion, manufacturing defects, and damage from an accident.
How long should ball joints last?
Ball joints are generally designed to last the life of the vehicle, but depending on driving habits and external conditions, they may only last 50,000 to 70,000 miles.
How much does a ball joint replacement cost?
Prices for a ball joint replacement range from £60 to £150 with an average cost of £90. Ultimately, the cost of a ball joint replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your ball joint replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!
Check out the ClickMechanic price for a ball joint replacement. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. These estimates may include Front ball joint - lower (driver side), Front ball joint - lower (passenger side), Front ball joint - upper (driver side) and/or Front ball joint - upper (passenger side).
|Audi||£124||Get exact price|
|BMW||£142||Get exact price|
|Citroen||£147||Get exact price|
|Ford||£130||Get exact price|
|Land Rover||£156||Get exact price|
|Mercedes-Benz||£139||Get exact price|
|Nissan||£135||Get exact price|
|Peugeot||£150||Get exact price|
|Renault||£126||Get exact price|
|Toyota||£187||Get exact price|
|Vauxhall||£121||Get exact price|
|Volkswagen||£104||Get exact price|
Estimates on average repair costs, such as the above results for a ball joint replacement, are based on ClickMechanic's quote data which combines multiple third-party sources. Actual costs may vary. We provide estimates on average repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.
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Mechanics that undertake ball joint work
- Evolution Hgv &Plant Repairs Ltd, Wrexham
- Hs Premier Motors, Kenton Harrow
- Jojocarrepairs, Wood Green
- Junction 1 Autos Solutions LTD, West Bromwich
- Lc Diagnostic & Repair, Southampton
- M.Hayes Mechanical Services, Goonhaven
- Matt’s Servicing And Repair, Aldershot
- Moor Lane Motors Ltd, Leeds
- Oracle Autocare, Glasgow
- P&Hautos, Sussex
- Prestige And Performance, Bidford On Avon
- R.B Auto Services, Southwater
- Smc Autos Ltd, Milton Keynes
- Spark Motor, Watford
- Tom Mcvicker Auto Services, Lancashire