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Old 05-02-2010, 06:16 PM
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Bad ball joints?

So my truck is making a real loud whistle like noise coming form the drivers side front wheel. Im pretty sure its a bad ball joint but Ive been reading up and so I went to test, turning left and right to diagnose if both are bad or not but I noticed a slightly less loud noise when turning right hand then the noise completely stops when Im on the brake. So is it bad ball joints or something completely else? Truck is a 2000 f250 crew cab 4x4 with 140,000 with warn lockouts up front
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:53 PM
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could be wheel bearings bro. you have to take the rotor off and hub to get to the wheel bearings
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Old 05-02-2010, 08:27 PM
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OK, there are a number of things.

Brakes. Pads worn, chunk of rusted iron or stone fell in, calipers sticking.

Wheel bearings.

Stub axle needle bearings.


Jack the front so one wheel is off the ground. Spin the wheel. Any major resistance? Use a crowbar and pry between the tire and the ground and look for play. If you have someone to help, you can lay underneath and watch the ball joints or the hub.
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My 06 had the exact same symptoms and it was a bad wheel bearing. I am betting that you are having the same issue.
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Mine has a little squeak coming from the driver's side wheel. I can only hear it when going around 10-30mph. My truck only has 51K on it, so I would hate to think my wheel bearing is bad already.
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