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My truck scares me

My truck has been locking up and will randomly start turning left or right. Sometime it will pull left/right constantly, other times it will just act like one wheel is headed in a different direction for a quick second. Both sides of the inner tie rod- pitman and the connecting arm sides are completely shot so i know they need to be replaced but was wondering if this could be something else causing these problems before I tear into her.

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I had a ball joint seize up that gave my very strange strong pulling to one side depending on which way I came out of a turn.


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My truck scares me

Thanks term3 i know the ball joints havent been replaced in over 85k so its probs time to do them too... I engaged the locking hubs and found the wheels wont spin when the driver side u joint is in a certain position.. Straighten the wheels out and the wheels will spin.. Doesnt explain the random vereing off to the left or right when driving straight, tho.


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do you have a caliper thats holding on/sticking?

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do you have a caliper thats holding on/sticking?

I thought that too because it will act funny when braking or going through turns . But the symptoms are kind of random and in my experience when a caliper sticks it typically sticks consistently or after hard brakes or lots of driving, correct? Whereas, this is more of a jolt or quick push to one side.
I will definetly inspect the brakes to rule them out.


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your front axle u-joints are bad. mine did this last summer when i was going to milwaukee - drove 700 miles like that - new u joints fixed it. about 700 bucks at a shop
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Thanks 12screws and everyone else! Looks like i will be ordering up u joints, ball joints, and tie rods. That should make for a fun weekend project.


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Definite u joints. Just went through this
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since you'll have everything apart anyway, rebuilt calipers are pretty cheap so i would replace them too along with pads and replace/resurface the rotors.

i think rebuilt calipers for mine were $75 each plus $100 core charge
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Ball joints need a press tool, correct? Will a parts store have a rental or is there a easy tip for this? What about the hub seal or axle tube seal- need a press or do i even have to replace these? My hubs and needle bearings/ seal should be in good condition since they were replaced a few months ago.


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