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Why Do Ball Joints, Tie Rods And Control Arms Wear Out?

The ball and socket joint has been around on animals and humans for millennia. This simple design has been used on vehicles since the turn of the century because it works. But, just like our hip joints, ball and socket joints, like ball joints, tie rods and sway bar links, wear out.
If you went to the doctor and in the examination he pulled out a pry bar and a large set of pliers, you might get a little scared and fear that his diagnosis might be more damaging than the actual problem. The same is true for ball joints and tie rods. Any OEM- or suspension manufacturer-recommended procedure for inspecting a ball-type joint rarely involves a pry bar and almost never involves a set of pliers. Just like a doctor, you must use your hands and eyes.

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