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Question Front end in bouncing alot on my 2001 F250. Wobbles at speeds.

Alright, so my F250 has about 134k miles and the front end seems to be really worn down. It bounces alot after going over bumps and such, and at speeds of over 50 mph, sometimes the whole front end will start to wobble after going over a bump.

This is starting to get worst now and I want to correct it. Another issue that they noticed when they mounted my new wheels on was that when the tires were in the air, you could basically drastically tilt the wheel up and down with your hand.

So what should I replace and about how much would it cost? Do I need new shocks, springs, and a k-member? How much am I looking at? About $1000 to $1500? Which brands are recommended? Well, thanks.

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Sounds like if you can tilt the wheels alot with them off the ground it could be wheel bearings or ball joints. The wobble could also be caused by bad tire balance. I had a truck that wobbled bad after hitting a bump and it ended up just needing the tires rebalanced.

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I would check your ball joints. They are one of Ford's most common front end problems. A shop will charge out the @ss. But I wanna say I did all four myself for $200 or so.
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Also if its real bad. You should hear them moving if you shake the truck when its parked. Like I dull metal on metal
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Thanks. Yeah, I don't think it's the tires because when I was riding on the factory wheels and tires it did the same thing. My dad and I have done a good amount of work on our vehicles before, he's a boat mechanic and electrician. And parts are real cheap on Rockauto, so I'll try to see what might need to be replaced and get to work. Might see if a shop could tell me what needs to be replaced. Well, thanks for the info and suggestions.

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Jack the truck up and look at what's moving when you move the tire. I usually check ball joints by putting a pry bar under the tire and lift it up. You can usually see the play in them this way.

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:whs: jack it up and see what is moving around...

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You can also have someone shake the wheel back and forth hard while you look at all the suspension/steering joints to spot what's going on.
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Same thing as them. Jack it up and remove the tires to see if the ball joints are worn.
And you can leave it on the ground, tires on and have someone turn the wheel just enough to see the slack in other parts. Get Moog.



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You didn't say if your truck is 4X4, but it looks to have an FX4 sticker on the back (assuming the truck on your aviator pic is the truck in question)

If so it could be your trackbar bushings. Checkout superdutywobble, this is an expensive option but works and is a permanent fix. You could go with OEM parts for much less.
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