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Loose Ball Joint-Fatal Accident Anybody?

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Uploaded on Nov 3, 2010

Notice the movement from the steering knuckle and the lower ball joint! Yes, that shiny new ball joint assembly was installed by ******* in Ferndale, MI, and apparently, not very well.

If your car is experience problems with steering, especially going over bumps or around corners, this could be your problem too. If not an actual loose bolt or not, you could have dangerously worn ball joints. Don't mess around-ball joints hold the the wheels on your car!

We had been wondering what the rattling noise occurring on road bumps was. Turns out, at an inspection at our Volvo dealer, this recently replaced ball joint had NOT been properly installed.

Those of your familiar with car repair know how hard it is (and should be) to remove nuts on the lower suspension. These nuts do not work themselves loose through natural causes, they can only come loose if they were not installed right in the first place.

Luckily, this problem was caught in time before it caused a fatal accident. Sloppy work like this could have easily caused a deadly pile up on the expressway.

A complaint back to the original shop resulted in a full refund of the original bill. Since, luckily, nothing really bad happened, I found that resolution to be satisfactory.

If you have had any work done to your car, and it just doesn't seem right, get a second opinion, even if there is a diagnostic fee. Then go back to the original shop, and either demand the fix it right or refund your money.

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