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Ball Joints Are Important To Your Car’s Suspension System

Ball Joints Are Important To Your Car’s Suspension System

Got ball joints? Yes, your car does. Maintenance has changed, but ball joints must still be inspected for wear, otherwise you risk causing tire or steering problems.

An important part of your car’s suspension system is its ball joints. Made of extra tough steel, ball joints act as the pivot point between two parts, the suspension and your car’s tires. Ball joints help support your car’s weight and, as is the case with some vehicles, ball joints may be used to help set the alignment. Let’s take a closer look at this key component of your car’s suspension system.

Enclosed in a steel housing, ball joints are used on the front end of almost every car, truck, SUV, and minivan. As might be expected, ball joints are subject to a lot of wear and tear. To properly protect them, the ball joints are housed in an enclosed boot to keep dirt away from the joint assembly.

There are two types of suspension systems that use ball joints. The first is a conventional system that uses an upper and lower ball joint. The second is called a MacPherson strut system that uses a single lower ball joint and an upper strut bearing. No upper ball joint is needed as the upper strut bearing does the job instead.

Maintenance for ball joints has changed over the years for most cars. Many vehicles are equipped with ball joints that are permanently lubed. Lubrication is not necessary nor is it even possible as the pack that holds the lubrication is permanently sealed. When ball joints wear out or are damaged, you can find replacement ball joints that come with lubrication fittings. In this case you would need to lubricate your ball joints on a regular basis as in when you change your vehicle’s oil.

When performing an inspection of your car’s suspension, your ball joints should be looked at too. Have a complete wheel alignment performed and make certain that the ball joints are not worn. If the ball joints wear out and are not changed, you will soon experience uneven tire wear or unreliable steering, such as wandering. Clearly, worn out ball joints are a safety issue that must be tended to and fixed immediately.

Ball joints are developed for the specific make and model of your vehicle. Many models share the same suspension system as other models within the brand. But to be sure check your vehicle’s repair manual for the right replacement ball joints. Certain manufacturers, such as Moog, develop ball joints for many makes and models and can be used by mechanics that prefer this particular product. Check online to find out more information about Moog ball joints and whether they are right for your car.

Remember, ball joints are an important part of your vehicle’s suspension system. Annual check ups of the suspension can head off costly problems and can help to keep you and your family safe.

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Worn Out Windshield Wiper Blades Cause Blurry Windshield

Worn Out Windshield Wiper Blades Cause Blurry Windshield

Windshield wiper blades wear down and completely stop performing after time. Imagine driving during a sudden torrential downpour or through a foggy day with windshield wipers whose blades will not clear your windshield.

Harford County Maryland has experienced a lot of sever weather recently. Recently Hurricane Irene pounded the area with rain and winds. The winds blew debris off trees onto windshields while people are driving and your wiper blades had to remove the debris. Following Irene, Tropical Storm Lee hit us with its remnants and caused heavy rains throughout the area.

Both storms should remind us to make sure we have wipers on our vehicles that are in proper operating condition. It is easy to ignore the warning signs of failing wiper blades; that is until you are in a hard rain and need them even more. Not having properly operating blades can endanger you, your passengers and other people on the road.

Since the blades are made of rubber the sun can cause the blades to degrade over time. A lot of use can diminish their effectiveness. And wiping away storm debris can damage the blades. If your blades are showing any indication of wear, now is the time to replace them.

To start off, you should first purchase a complete set of windshield wiper blades that are the proper size for your vehicle. At Forest Hill Car Care we can help you get the proper wiper blades for you car

Many people have a hard time figuring out how to install new windshield wiper blades.  We can install your blades for you quickly and have you back on the road in record time. You won’t have to mess with doing the installation yourself.

If you do want to do the installation follow the directions on the blades or in your owner’s manual. Here are some basic instructions: Pull the wiper arm away from the windshield and make sure that it is not resting on your car’s windshield anymore. Then, you can start removing the old wiper blade from the arm. For some windshield wipers you simply push on a tab and pull the blade off. However, there are some wipers that require you to lift a tab with a small screwdriver to get the blade loose.

When you have removed the old blade, you can now put the new blade on the arm. Make sure that you put it on correctly. The blades should be securely attached to the wiper arm. If not, it could fly off once you are cruising down the streets. If you are satisfied that the blade has been successfully replaced, you can now put the windshield wiper arm back to its old position against the windshield. You can test the blade by using the windshield washer. Sometimes additional adjustment is need to made sure the entire length of the blade is in full contact with the windshield.