Join Date: May 2006
Location: South Carolina Lowcountry
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A BIG thank you for the replies. I stopped by the tire store I have been using today, we jacked the truck up and NO movement pulling on the tire top to bottom, no noise from the bearings. We did replace the ORIGINAL brake pads at 116,000 miles and turned the rotors, not a squeak,squeal or anything before a grind, I used to drive GM trucks and just prior to the brake pads going the wear indicators would let you know it is time for brake pads, bought the Ford replacement pads and I did not see the "ears" on them like the GM pads had to contact the rotor, maybe there is some other indicator and I just did not hear it.. The noise I am hearing is coming from one of the urethane bushings somewhere in the suspension. It sounds like it is under my feet. I am thinking of replacing the sway bar bushings to see if that shuts it up, before I do that I am trying to figure out if I lube them somehow and that works I will know that is what I need to replace. The last few days between the brake noise, the bushing noise I was worried the front suspension was ready to go, then common sense kicked in, truck has 265/75/16 Michelin LTX MS tires, never been off-roaded or abused and my tires have even wear across all 4, worn out at 70,000 miles but worn evenly. Next find a good price on another set of Michelins and strike out for the next 70,000 miles. I will sleep better tonight knowing I do not have to spend more than tires and brakes. This truck I plan to keep a LONG time. This 7.3 totes my travel trailer wherever I want to go without a grunt, good mileage and a stable ride.
I asked on this forum about trading for an 06 6.0 and most here said stay with the horse I am riding and that my friends turned out to be darn good advice. I think I will keep on babying this truck and go for the million mile mark.
2001 F250 7.3 4x4 Lariat Crew Cab