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Old 11-30-2013, 03:46 PM
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Ball joint ?

I have a 2000 F250 7.3l 4wd automatic. I just replaced the tires with the same size that were on there. When I turn the wheel all the way I hear a noise. I would not describe it as a rubbing or grinding but something doesn't sound right. It sounds like something is worn out or loose. I got under the truck and didn't see anything obvious. I jacked up each front tire and gave them a good pull. The right front tire had some play in it top and bottom. The driver's side was good. I figure the truck could probably use new ball joints. The truck is not wandering on the road. Could these joints be the source of the noise? I do not know what else to check or how to inspect anything else. I think I will do the ball joints myself eventually. Any idea how long it will take with the right tools? Thanks in advance for any insight.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:27 PM
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Best way to check ball joints is to jack up the one side, get the tire off the ground. Then get a helper to put a 2x4 or whatever under the tire to pry and lift up and down while you watch the ball joints. It was painfully obvious that I needed them when I did this test. I paid a ford tech that does side work 200 bucks to do mine but I know they can easily be done in a weekend day and you can make any special tools you may need to press in the seal pretty easily. Could be a bearing if you said you had play in the tire? They are a cartridge and again pretty easy to replace. I had to pay my dealer to do it because my family was flying in from NY the same day for me to begin my vacation. I didn't want any funny business, so I paid them. Part was the expensive part in that case.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:08 PM
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I didn't have a helper but I kind of bear hugged the tire and placed one hand on the ball joint. While moving the tire I could feel play. I know one side is bad I just hope this is the cause of my popping sound. Did you have any noise?
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:13 PM
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Yes I had a noise and a noticeable pop in the floorboard before I fixed it. It is a super common problem with these trucks.
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:15 PM
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Ok thanks. I will go ahead and order parts and get it done. Appreciate the quick response.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:28 PM
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Sounds like ball joints to me...lots of good videos on YouTube for guidance...that's what I did
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:35 PM
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I changed the first ball joint myself and paid to have the second one done. Fighting that ball joint press was a bear. Turns out it was a hub bearing making the noise. So I got a new bearing, ball joints and the truck is getting aligned tomorrow. Just wanted to follow up.
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Old 12-11-2013, 03:55 AM
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Good to hear that you're getting it handled, thanks for the follow up!
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