Toyota Camry Ball Joints

The Toyota Camry has been manufactured since 1982 and the world has seen many Camry models through the years, like the XLE and Hybrid. Your Camrys ball joints help your vehicle to steer and drive properly. Depending on your Toyota Camrys suspension system, there are a variety of Toyota part options available.

What are Toyota Camry ball joints?

These types of car components of round bearings are used to connect the control arms in your Camry to the steering knuckles. They have a ball-and-socket design and are made of an enclosed socket and bearing stud, typically made of steel. This parts purpose is to allow your Toyota Camry a limited range of smooth movement in all directions. It allows the Toyotas front and rear suspension to be pivoted when the tires are turned, and so that they can react to road changes.

When you turn your Toyota Camrys wheel, the vehicles steering system turns spindles. Those spindles, which are attached to your Toyotas brakes and wheels, can pivot and turn because of the joints. They allow your tires to turn and support your Camrys weight.

How do you know when ball joints need replaced?

While these Toyota parts do not have a recommended time for replacement, there are signs you can look out for if your Camrys ball joints need to be replaced. These symptoms can include uneven tire wear, knocking noise when driving, or pulling to one side or the other while driving.

There are also Camry joint parts designed for your Toyota Camry, XLE, or Hybrid that feature grease fittings that are specially created to allow you to see the level of wear on the joints. If your Toyota does not have one of these types, you can also check its wear by supporting the weight of the Toyota Camry sedan and attaching a dial indicator to the control arm.

What types can you find for the Toyota Camry?

The type of ball joint you need depends on the type of suspension your Toyota sedan has. If your Camry has a Short Long Arm suspension you may need two loaded joints, or one loaded and one follower joint. If your Toyota has a MacPherson suspension system you may only need a Camry follower joint. There are some front-wheel drive Toyota vehicles with independent rear-suspensions that may also use rear-ball joints. There are two main types of these joints, which can be classified as the following:

  • Loaded - These types carry or support weight of the vehicle and follower joints. They connect lower-control arms and springs to the upper arm in Short Long Arm suspensions.
  • Follower - These types do not carry any weight. They are used to connect the lower-control arm, strut, and steering-knuckle. An upper mount typically supports the weight of the car, while the follower joints rotate the strut and knuckles while you drive.