Finding Hidden Suspension Damage
Worn or damaged tie rod ends, ball joints, upper and lower control arm bushings, and other steering components can cause steering-related issues. A worn or bent steering rack can also create alignment headaches. But, most of these are due to wear and tear, not bent or broken components.
Ball Joints: Plenty of Replacement Opportunities
Ball joints are a critical suspension component that connect the steering knuckles to the control arms. Cars, trucks and SUVs with SLA (short-long arm) front suspensions have four joints: two upper and two lower.