No, Mr. Lemmywinks, No!!!
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Harriman, TN
I would never say that something could never occur. However, I have never seen a quality ball joint separate catastrophically in terms of metal breakage outside of a good wreck.
Use search, there are threads with pictures; it's a lot more common than you think.
I usually see one a year locally, that has broken and skidded to the side of the road.
God help someone if it happens at 70 on the interstate; The cops tend to take a dim view of killing people thru poor maintenance...
Look at the way the joint is made; the whole weight on the tire is trying to pull the ball out of the socket. That's almost 1000 pounds on a worn-thin rim that was ~1/4" thick when it was new... How thick is it now?
If these are making noise, they need to be fixed very soon.
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