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Old 11-28-2011, 06:39 AM
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Ball joint replacement questions

I have the dreadded poping coming from my driver side now.

I understand that the DS is most prone to go out on these trucks. I am looking to replace both by probably Moog or comparible.

My questions are:

1) Is there a more recommended brand? Or any to stay away from?

2) How difficult are these to do? I have done cars and they can be painful and not 4WD either.

3) If I have them done by a shop, what labor cost should I expect to pay?


I have a shop that I use for work that I just do not want to do or can't do. They seem to be fairly reasonable and allow me to get parts and they do the labor.

Is there any major type work that will save labor costs to be done during this repair? Should I do anything else when doing this job? Like springs and/or shocks? I am thinking of doing the front and rear springs some time in the future. I am not sure if I can afford all of this at once. I put the RAS system on and that was a huge help for pulling a trailer but know the front and rear springs should be replaced for any major towing.


Thanks for your advice,
Mike
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i am getting ready to do ball joints on my 03 f-350 4x4. i have heared moog are good spicerare good ,dynatrac are good but cost an arm and a leg. i am having a shop do mine for $675 with is a good deal because i have gotten quotes for $1000 to do the work.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:35 PM
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I started to price parts out last night and today...

Autozone only has the duralast prices online.

I checked Summit today and the Moog says 2WD. Are the 2WD and 4WD parts the same?


Also, what all should I buy when doing this, upper and lowers on both sides?


What should I get done while in there?



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Mike
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i doubt the 2wd and the 4wd are the same. i would do all 4 ball joints while it was tore down.i would check your wheel bearings and your axle shaft u joints.after you get your ball joints done you will need to get your truck allinged. check napa for ball joints they sell spicer ball joints make sure they have grease fittings in them so you can grease them so they last longer.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:49 AM
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OK... I found the part numbers for the 4WD by going to Advanced Auto Parts for Moog. Summit does not list the option of 4WD for the Excursion and when I looked the part number up, it was for a F250/350 4WD. Of course !


I will look at NAPA prices on Spicer brand. It will be that or Moog. I only want to do this once.

Thanks for the tip to check wheel bearings and axle shaft U joints. For the U joints... check for any looseness I guess and what do I look for on the bearings? I know the purpose of each, but not a method to check if they need replaced also.


THANKS for helping me prepare for this job.



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for the u joints check for anything loose. and for the wheel bearings make shure they are tight and they dont bind up or squeak when you rotate them.
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