Driving safety and ride comfort are two things you look for in a vehicle. The big space given by your Kia Sorento can make your ride comfortable especially if you have your family with you. A quality and perfectly working suspension and steering system greatly affect the riding comfort with the suspension system taking a dual purpose of contributing to the handling and braking of your vehicle while making sure that the occupants are isolated from the uncomfortable noise, vibrations and bumps that the vehicle can undergo during a drive. The suspension system does not only mean the more popular parts springs, struts, shocks and sway bars. Another part of the suspension system is the ball joint.
The Kia Sorento Ball Joint is a steel spherical bearing stud and socket enclosed in a steel casing. It fits into a tapered hole in the steering knuckle that serves as the pivot between the wheels and the suspension of the vehicle. It is a flexible joint that makes use of a ball and socket type of construction. It is used for the string linkage setups and steering knuckle pivot supports. In some vehicles, the ball joint supports weight and make wheel alignment settings. It plays a critical and integral role in the safe operation of your SUV's steering and suspension because it holds the steering knuckle in place as your wheel turns from side to side by connecting the front wheels to its main axle which allows easy maneuvering and turning of your car wheels.
Those vehicles with a MacPherson strut suspension system only uses a lower ball joint and an upper strut bearing while typical vehicles have upper and lower ball joints. To protect the ball joint, there is a protective casing which can prevent the dirt and other harmful elements from getting inside the ball joint assembly. You will know if your ball joint is slowly failing on you if you hear the snapping sound when your wheel is being turned. Eventually this sound will turn into squeaking noises towards the end of a stop or when you hit a bump or when you press on the gas pedal. Worse scenario would be for you to lose control of your wheel because the wheel angle will be release by the failing ball joint causing more damages.
Nowadays, casings are permanently sealed so ball joints are permanently lubed. But for those using a non-permanently lubed ball joints, you should take care of it regularly. If in need of replacement, just check out the superior quality Kia Sorento Ball Joint that Parts Train has to offer.