Ball Joints Tie Rods 2005 - Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum
6.0L Performance Parts Discussion What has or has not worked for you?

User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old 07-25-2013, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
Compression Ignition Addict
colonel angus's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: DFW Airport
Posts: 1,040
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.


2005 CC SB 147K
MTW MaDmAx 68mm VGT
Warren Diesel 175/75's Super Spools N Drew's Tunes
SCT A101706100004F6C
VIN FTSW21P65EB08535
ARP's - MBRP T-Back Kitty Del.
ICON 4.5" + 2" Spacer
Mickey T's Baja ATZ P3 37's
METHOD Racing Wheels 20x
ScanGauge II / RedHead Box
Snow Perf. Stg. II W/ Banks Intercooler
Bulletproof EGR Del. & External Filter
ELC Coolant & Sin. Coolant Filter
AMP Steps & ARE Cover W/ Bed Slide
colonel angus is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 07-26-2013, 07:17 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
kdogg85's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: East tn
Posts: 1,111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
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.


05 f250 ( double your pleasure ) underway

'10 f250 ccsb 4x4, project super mom 366/515 compounds, 200hp sticks, and all the other goodies
Most importantly, the car seat mod
kdogg85 is offline  
post #3 of 4 Old 07-26-2013, 06:42 PM
Serving Our Country!
JustinOOO9's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Travis Air Force Base
Posts: 1,896
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 80
Thanked 94 Times in 59 Posts
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.

2004 F350 CCLB 4x4: Sinister Race solutions kit, CAT ELC Edge CS, SCT SF3, PHP Ficm programmer, Procomp, Rough country, and Nitto goodies. SOLD

Interested in learning something new?

JustinOOO9 is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 07-27-2013, 08:25 AM
Compression Ignition Addict
jetjock15's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Vegas
Posts: 3,409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Thanks: 8
Thanked 133 Times in 115 Posts
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
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

06-Rize/dual-rate Kings/Deavers/4.56/37/American Force 22x12/RoadArmors/WARN 12k/Detriot F/R Lockers/ORU Hydraulic steer/ARPs/BW Heads/Warren155/30s, MTW S1Billet/GoGo Manifold/Banks IC/NADP Heavy Hauler Trans/PHP tow Tune/BPD HD oil cooler/Oil & Coolant bypass/AMP steps/TransferFlow tank-toolbox

jetjock15 is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Powerstroke Diesel Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome