When a ball joints is worn it allows for too much movement in the suspension, so the driver may feel more vibrations – or hear squeaks or rattles on bumpy surfaces or when turning — caused by looseness in the suspension. Other signs of worn ball joints include uneven tire wear and steering that wanders instead…

A drive axle is essentially a half axle, so named because it does half of the job, extending from a transaxle (front wheel drive car)  or differential (rear wheel drive car) to one of the wheels. Its twin on the other side completes the set. Because they’re simply shafts, half shafts age well, but the…

Ball joints act like hinges and connect the suspension control arms to the steering knuckles with a rotating, spherical stud and a socket, giving the wheels a wide range of movement — from side to side for steering, and up and down for going over bumps.

The vehicles suspension and steering system supports the weight of the vehicle, absorbs shocks and bumps from the road, and allows the front wheels to pivot allowing steering and controls the geometry of the tire and road relationship for best traction and handling under changing road conditions.

As an everyday driver, you will probably come face-to-face with car troubles and one of the most common symptoms consumers face is a shaking car. The first questions that come to mind are what’s causing this and will it require an urgent, or costly, fix?

You might get a heated argument over whether rainy, dry or Harmattan is the best season, but everyone seems to agree on the worst: pothole season. And this year already has produced a bumper crop of impressive pothole specimens.

Suspension systems don’t tend to get much publicity, but they’re probably the most crucial factor in the day-to-day enjoyment of your car. Automakers are always tweaking and refining their designs in search of that elusive ideal: a perfect ride coupled with race-worthy handling. We haven’t quite gotten there yet, but the latest systems are better…

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