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Old 09-07-2010, 09:52 AM
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Clunking in my Front End

I noticed yesterday that I am getting a clunk from my passenger side front wheel area. It is happening when I turn the wheel full lock or when I am going over off camber areas like when I pull into a gas station (turning sharply and going up that little ramp and into the service station) My first thought is that it is a ball joint going bad. The truck has 60,000 miles.

Anybody have some thoughts?
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:18 PM
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That would be my first thought. Have you checked the inside edge of the tire from that corner for feathering?
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:22 PM
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What is feathering? Is that like cupping?
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:25 PM
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Yeah kinda. the inside edge will look like ^^^^ . Peaks and valleys not smooth from one tread block to the next.
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Jack up the RF side so that the tire clears the ground. Grab the top and bottom of the tire and alternately pull (rock it up and down) if you get play it is likely a ball joint.

When I had my tires rotated a couple of times back, the guy came and said, "I got something to show ya!" - Went out, he had me do that. Mine was rocking in/out about a 1/4" - I had the right sides replaced. Noise went away.
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Old 09-07-2010, 12:29 PM
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Thanks! I will jack up the truck tonight or tomorrow and check for play.
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id say the ball joint, but just to be sure......jack up the front end and make sure every bolt is tight
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