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Old 06-08-2009, 09:52 AM
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Ball Joints

Has anyone replaced ball joints on a 2001 F-250? I am having a popping noise from the front end when the suspension flexes, the local tire store told me I need them when they replaced my tires and did an alignment on the truck. The Hayes manual says it's beyond the ability of the home mechanic, however I own a press and have done them on an Explorer before. Parts alone are half what the mechanic wants to do the job.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:53 AM
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ball joints are easy. just takes time and bloody knuckles. is the truck a 4x4
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:57 AM
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Ball joints are not difficult. I had nearly no wrenching experience when I did mine. Just read a write up and go from there. Im sure i could do them now in less then 2 hours now.

But to be safe, I would set aside an entire day.


PS that popping noise could be your leafs slapping. I thought I ripped my tcase out the first time I really got them to slap.
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Popping noise is frequently the sway bar link ends too. Mine does that.

I can't believe the Haynes manual told you to hire a pro. I've used Haynes manuals to replace engines.
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Old 06-08-2009, 02:15 PM
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i have also read in the haynes books to have a "qualified" person do the ball joints...
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I can't believe the Haynes manual told you to hire a pro. I've used Haynes manuals to replace engines.
they are worried about liability issues... the balljoints are a safety issue that if fail could open them up to a lawsuite.



by the way the balljoint replacement is not a big job, just messey and time consuming. take your time and it is no problem

Fletcher
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Thanks for all the replies. I ordered the kit from powerstrokeshop.com, $335 including shipping, balljoints, seals and o-rings. seven.three.superdutypsd.com has a great write up. Hopefully the local dealer will press the seals without charging me much. Still I'm $600 under what the local mechanic wants to charge, not that I don't appreciate all they do, just in these times all the money I can save helps. I'll let ya'all know how it goes.
Thanks again
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ok i have a clunk/rattle on the driver side when going over bumpy roads or twisting the truck. it stops when i brake. so what is it?
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probably sway bar bushings
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:43 PM
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probably sway bar bushings
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