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Old 11-07-2012, 07:40 AM
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Ball Joint Help?

2 years ago I put ball joints in the passenger side of my 04 F350 and had no trouble at all. Last weekend I put them in the driver side and the first problem I had was my axle shaft actually hit the stud on the new lower joint. I ground the top of the stud since it stuck 1/4" taller than the nut (factory joint was flush). I noticed it driving funny and after double checking everything I found it I tighten the upper joint all the way it binds the steering. If I loosen it then it works fine. The local mechanic says he thinks the parts store gave me the wrong joints. Already threw the boxes away so I will have to look for the reciept but in the meentime what do you guys think might be the problem? The joints do appear to be seated in the knuckle all the way. Thanks
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:40 AM
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First thing to mind is they are the wrong ones.
Your first clue is the length of the lower (good luck returning since you deformed it)
Second, if you cant tighten up a ball joint, something is wrong!! Dont drive this way!!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:42 AM
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You need to Logan and reposition the castor shim on the ball joint. Bump it loose and restart the process. Same problem stumped me for two days. For the binding problem that is.
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