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Old 01-03-2011, 09:08 AM
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F250 needs ball joints??

Hey guys, not really a hot rodding subject, but my 2002 F250 Super Duty may need ball joints. From standing behind the truck and looking toward the front the front right tire is sticking out more at the bottom and inward at the top. Its a 4x4. This seems like the ball joints to me. Theres not much else suspension wise up there.

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Best way to check is to jack up the wheel, put a bar under the tire....have someone move it up and down while you look at the ball joint for movement.
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If it has more then 50-60,000 miles on it, most likely it needs them. Replace all 4 with the greasable MOOGs instead of the crapola OEM Ford stuff.

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/se...=3059604&pp=15
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I just replaced the ball joints on my friend's '04 F-350. To install the vacuum seals on the axle shafts required a special tool. I made a custom seal driver from plumbing parts at Home Depot.

Here are a few videos from Youtube that show the job being done. Being a MN truck, mine didn't come apart as easy as this one, and I spent half my time cleaning up the parts before putting it all back together. I'm sure things would have gone easier on a GA truck.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnI5mLLhJ2U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiYR-K-_g1Y

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Here's the seal driver I made. It's a 10" piece of 1-1/4" steel pipe (it could have been a few inches shorter) with a cap on one end and a floor flange on the other. I had to grind about 3/16" off the edge of the floor flange so it would fit into the seal like it needs to.





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X 3. I see a lot of them here in Pa. they wear out quick. OEM is pretty crappy. Pretty cool Tool there Joe
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Thats a pretty neat tool, my truck has 220,000 miles. I'm kind of hoping it may just be the wheel bearing.
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superduty front ends

The superduty uses a sealed front hub which is a known "maintenance" item.They wear out and have to be completely replaced. As was said jack up the truck and put a bar under the tire. If you get movement check to see if the ball joints are loose or if it is the hub. If either expect to replace both at 220,000. I have a 99 and have done both. If you have to take the hub off you might as well replace the ball joints since you have already done most of the work. I have a tool much like pictured since you can not do the job without it. Yes its a pita but doing it yourself will save hundreds. I shopped for parts online and then gave the prices to the local ford dealer that matched them. Now then lets talk about the play in the steering...can you say new box from redhead steering...my front end is tight as new now. Do the research at dieselstop.com or one of the superduty sites..lots of pictures and procedures...good luck
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Thanks for the great info, I did th ball joints but I waited on the hub assembly. I think I'm going to have to replace it though. When I'm going down the highway at higher speeds it sounds like you tapping a can with a ball peen hammer.
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