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Old 10-04-2010, 09:34 AM
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Need help Badly...please ??

Greetings. This post will be long,bear with me.Thx. I am the owner of a 2002 F350 4x4 powerstroke crew cab dually. My truck has been with mechanic for over a month. Went there becaus the driverside wheel(tire) will out of the blue start jerking in to right. Passenger side stays straight. Dreiver wheel goes from straight to jerking in to right. It is not consistent. I have been luck in that when it has happened I was going at a slow speed. Once when it started I heard a "clunk) Like ball joints right after a turn and the it started. The in-consistency is the strange thing. Anyway. I am going broke while my mechanic has me buying parts to see if a certain part will fix it. What has been replaced so far is..power steering pump, steering box, ball joints tie rods(both sides) auto locking hub, new hub assembly, brakes fine. checked tires for broken belt and balance.Now he suggests I buy a "brake booster"...not thinking this is the trouble.Checked steering stabilizer also.Please help. I am running out of money and patience.Thank you all in advance.
Elizabeth
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:05 AM
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Sounds like ball joints to me. Shouldn't have anything to do with the brakes unless it only happens when you hit the brakes. Sounds like you also need to find a new mechanic.
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Old 10-05-2010, 05:59 AM
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Thanks for the reply. Yes sounds like ball joints. But they were replaced. I am going to carefully drive it to a front end specialist today.
Would it be inconsistent if it is ball joints? That's the part that doesn't make sense.
Very frustrating. Thinking I gave up on the mechanic and he gave up on my truck ! Sweet !!!
Thanks again.
Elizabeth
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:35 AM
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If the tie rod ends have been changed the only other thing that could make one wheel change angle and the other stay straight would be the ball joints. If it had anything to do with the brakes, both wheels would turn in the direction of the dragging brake. I replaced the ball joints in my 01 and one side went bad in less than a year, so I know it can happen.
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