Was there too much weight in the car?

honda
accord

#1

Last week I had some of my co-workers over for a little get together. It was too late for everyone to walk to the bus, so I drove everyone back to the train station. There were 6 of us total in the car, meaning there was one extra person. (We were all below 125 lbs) The train station is only about 1 mile away, and there are no large bumps, etc.



Ever since that day though my car has been acting funny. It sounds as if the front right springs/shocks are really squeaky. My partner looked around the car and noticed that one of the ball joints “looks squished.”



The car makes the noise a lot, especially when braking and/or going down a hill.



My partner seems to think it is all because of the extra person in the car. I believe this may have been the straw that broke the camels back, but I believe something was probably on it’s way out.



Both ball joints have recently been changed though.



Any thoughts?



Thanks so much!


#2

No, an extra couple hundred pounds isn’t going to make a difference for a mile unless parts were already worn. Ball joints are simply a steel bolt inside a steel cup, covered by a rubber dust cover shaped like a bellows. There is no way it could compress. I suspect you have a worn strut so just have someone look at it to see where the noise is coming from.


#3

6X125=700 lbs, which ought to be within the load limits of an Accord (GVWR-curb weight).

As an aside, I’ve always found it odd that mfr’s would specify a gross weight maximum, but not give you the empty weight of your vehicle, as equipped. How are you supposed to comply?