Audi VW Ball Joints

Experiencing suspension noises? Learn a little bit about your Audi VW suspension's ball joints. In this article, we will briefly discuss the importance of inspecting your ball joints and what the symptoms are for a bad or failing suspension ball joint?

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Audi VW ball joints consist of a bearing stud and socket enclosed in a casted housing. Typlically this casted housing is consists of steel, aluminum and plastics. This bearing stud is tapered, threaded and fits into a matching tapered hole in the steering knuckle. A special moly grease is used to lubricate the ball joint along with a protective boot that covers the joint area and prevents dirt from entering the Audi VW ball joint assembly. Audi VW ball joints serve as the pivot points between the tires and suspension and are also used to support chassis weight. Audi VW's incorporate two types of ball joint designs. One design bolts the ball joint onto the control arm using fasteners (see tables to right). The second design incorporates the Audi VW ball joint as an integral part of the control arm (see image below).

Why Inspect your Audi VW Ball Joints and Associated Suspension Parts?

An Audi VW ball joint is an important suspension component. Audi VW ball joints, along with other suspension components, should be inspected yearly. It is important to carefully inspect Audi VW ball joints, particularly if you are experiencing any handling problems. Audi VW ball joints wear out over time and can cause handling problems as they begin to deteriorate. If you wait until an Audi VW ball joint fails, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road. A worn ball joint has the potential of completely popping out of its socket when it fails which can result in some serious damage.

Symptoms of a Bad Audi VW Ball Joint

If you think that your Audi VW ball joint needs replacing, there are some symptoms to check for. Most commonly a knocking or squeaking noise can be heard in the front-end suspension when driving over bumpy roads. Other signs associated with worn out Audi VW ball joints is erratic steering, wandering, and uneven tire wear.

Audi VW Ball Joint Replacement Options

You can save money on replacement costs by replacing the tie rod or tie rod ends along with the Audi VW ball joint. These parts work in conjunction and it can be smart preventative maintenance to replace them both at once. Typically, you will always need a complete suspension alignment after one ball joint replacement so why not inspect and replace all at one time. Also, some suspension designs have an incorporated ball joint into the casted aluminum or steel control arm. This will require you to replace the entire control arm. See the pictured ball joint examples below showing the different styles of suspension ball joints.

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