Destroyed Ball Joint

Check back for an upcoming tech article featuring riveted ball joints (a mechanic’s nemesis!), but I had to share these pictures this weekend. Look at the difference between the right side and the left side (left is mutilated)! These were lower ball joints off a 2001 Chevy S10 4×4. 

Here’s some of the damage to the lower control arm. I think it’ll be fine as the new ball joint seated completely and doesn’t appear to be compromised. 

Below: from the bottom

Below: from the top

Below is the other side, showing little or no damage and wear to the control arm just for reference. 

Crazy eh? Just wanted to share that with you. See you on Tuesday for another Tech Tip!