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Old 07-25-2013, 07:47 AM
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Ball Joints Tie Rods 2005

Is there a definitive way of checking if the Ball Joints and Tie-Rod ends are bad without dis-assembly?

Also going to check and replace tie rod ends.


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When my lower drivers side ball joint went bad, it clunked hitting the brakes after about 5 miles of driving. Tried the moving the wheel every direction, used a 2x4 prying up and no movement at all. Tie rods had no slack at all either.

Took a shot in the dark and replaced them. Tore the old ones apart and that one was worn badly, other 3 looked great.

In my case, no sure fire way to check.
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the old school method is best do it at home, put the front axel on jack-stands and wrap a big pry bar in a towl and pry against your wheels and try and get them to move...

also if your getting a thump sound under your body check your body mounts... had to replace mine at 55k miles the rubber was just all cracked and destroyed, took 45min and now the thump is gone.
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The pry bar method is how you tell but with the tires on i have not has luck. If you take the tire wheel bearing and pull axle out, so all you see is knuckle and ball joints, then pry between the knuckle and axle tube flange trying to pry the knuckle upward, then it will be aparent if the ball joints are toast or not, if you can pry the knuckle upwards at all. Same works on the trac bar check that lower ball joint too like that. The drag link ( between pitman arm and knuckle) needs to be replaced every so often, just do it if your troubleshooting sloppy steering. The tie road (from knuckle to knuckle) takes much less abuse then the drag link and rarely those wear out (100k replacement) but you can test by prying between knuckle and tie rod same method, with those you can have friend turn wheels back and forth and look for play
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