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Old 05-23-2008, 07:25 PM
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front tires seem to be aligned BUT....

the front wheels are angles (virtically) slanted. its a 97 OBS. Is this just how they are or is something way out of wack or is a beating/U-joint blown?
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more info 4x4,2x4, 3/4 ton ,1 ton?
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start by checking the ball joints, to do this jack the truck up and get on your knees or your butt and put your hands on the top and bottom of tire and try to move it, if it moves then it probibly the ball joints if not it could be the springs wearing out or sagging which could cause the tires to tip in.
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Check your wheel bearings also.
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:07 AM
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Oh actually when i did my guages (2 weeks ago) he did test my front end bearings by gerking the tire when its up in the air. there was no movement so i guess the bearings are good. any other ideas? its a 97 OBS 4x4
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is it a 250 or 350? If it's a 250 it's more then likely just because of the TTB (Twin Traction Beam). If it's a 350 then that won't have an effect, because 350 has a solid front axle.
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yeah the 250's had twin I beam and for what ever reason fords with this have been notorious for this positive camber (i think its positive does the top of the tire tip out or in). Its just something they do and funny enough they don't wear tires and different. you can check the ball joints by jacking it up a little bit, stick a prybar under the tire between the tire and the ground and pry up on the tire. There should be very very little to zero play (movement of the tire before the suspension moves up). if there is movement then its time for ball joints.
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the passenger side is tipping out and the driver side looks good.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:11 AM
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on fords the only way to adjust camber is to replace the ball joints...that may be something you'll need to do...check them on that side like i described above and let us know
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Negative camber is when the top of the tire is "in".
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