Ball Joint questions

oldsmobile
silhouette

#1

I just had a 100K service done at a Goodyear Service Center on my '97 Silhouette van. (Ended up costing about $1100).

As prat of the service (my first in about 5 years), I asked them to do a general check, including suspension and other elements. The mechanic discovered the left lower ball joint was loose, so I went ahead with replacement. He reported the right ball joint was in good shape.

The van now feels much more solid and firm on the road.



Question-should the ball joints be replaced in pairs, or is a single replacement adequate/safe?

Jeff Mork

Sandusky OH


#2

Ball joints do not need to be replaced in pairs unless they are both worn and loose. A single replacement is fine.


#3

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it…


#4

Thanks for the quick responses! - Jeff


#5

Those are good answers. Whenever I burn a twenty dollar bill I make sure I didn’t pull out two of them by mistake.


#6

Are you SURE they needed replacing…

Many of these national chains are notorious for FINDING things to fix when in fact they are perfectly fine.