2007 PT Cruiser Control Arm-Bushings-Ball Joints


#1

Yesterday mechanic replaced lower control and bushing moog and aligned. Today making a u-turn ball joint broke, had to be towed. Is the ball joint break a result of faulty repair yesterday?


#2

not enough info.
Lower control ? ? ?
is that perhaps a lower control ARM ?
which arm was replaced and which ball joint broke ?


#3

A lower control ARM is an assembly with the ball joint and two bushings.
Your tech would have a parts warranty issue with his supplier - IF - that same arm broke its ball joint.
BUT . .
A tie rod end is a ball-style joint but not refered to as such . .YET . . I’ve had many a customer call it it that untill we get the diagram on the screen and they point to the tie rod end as beeing the ‘‘ball joint’’ they are wanting. ( even sway bar links can have a ball-style joint )

It could easily be that , since the front end needed THIS part that other parts are not far behind in time and mileage to be breaking soon.
You could have broken something else.


#4

Whatever component totally failed should have been caught while doing the alignment.

When an alignment is performed, the tires are pointed straight ahead while sitting on turn-tables.

Then once the alignment is set to specs, the steering wheel is turned from-lock-to-lock and then returned to straight ahead. If there’s any worn steering/suspension components, the alignment will go out of specs indicating a problem.

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