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Hey guys, so I have been searching the forums for a definite answer before I start sinking money into my truck. I have a 2000 f250 6speed 4x4. Here's the issue, I'm getting a lot of vibration from my front end when applying the brakes as well as a rotating grind noise when at slow speeds. I would assume warped rotors but the outside tread of my tires is getting worn down bad (almost slicks now) as well. Which leads me to believe ball joints might be to blame also. The kicker is the family has one vehicle currently so I have no way of taking everything apart and tinkering with it until I figure it out.

I guess if someone could confirm or deny my hopes and say it just needs rotors, pads and an alignment. That would be great haha

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Jack up the front of the truck and grab the tires @ 12 and 6. Push/pull, especially the bottom. If you get movement, your ball joints probably are going. My right ones went out before my left ones.

As far as the brakes vibrating or pulsing. Pull the wheels and look at the rotor surfaces. I had this happen to my '01. They had stress cracks running from the hub outward. The guy at the shop told me that these cracks would hold heat around them causing the pulsing. Eventually, they could have began to act as graters and would have started shaving the pads. Once I replaced the rotors, the pulsing when away.


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being a 4x4, i'd suspect hubs.
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Took the tires off and took a look at the rotors. There good. Checked the calipers and they seemed stuck. That might be the problem, gonna replace them and let you guys know. also shook the tires to check for ball joint failure and they seemed to be good

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Like the others stated I would be looking at things iin this order:

Rotors/Pads
Calipers
Ball Joints
Hubs


The grinding may or may not be related.

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If your getting pulsing during braking you have warped rotors, the grinding is most likely the inside pads are worn and grinding on rotor. I recommend new rotors and pads and grease your slide pins (you may need to line up new caliper brackets if you have one of the slide pins seized up). Then take it to an alignment shop and have an alignment done. They will do a pre check for worn parts before doing any work. If you have worn parts they will let you know which ones and not align it. Most of the time its free.

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