If you haven't even done a power steering fluid (Dex/Merc ATF) flush in your truck - do it now!!! It was really easy, the existing fluid was really dirty and wow now my steering is very smooth and my brake pedal is way harder. While I had the wheels in the air I decided to check the ball joints -
and guess what? I need new ones. I had a Ford tech do them as a side job when I first bought the truck and it had 105,000 miles on it and they were pretty sloppy. Now it's 90,000 miles later and the job needs to be done again. Seems to be par for the course with a 1,500 lb engine.
I'll probably do the job this time, it was easy to pay someone last time but I don't have him as a resource any longer and there aren't many folks I trust working on my truck.
Anyone have a favorite source for a kit with all the seals, o rings and joints all included? I used Motorcraft last time, I'll probably go with Moog this time. While I am in there, should I proactively replace the wheel hub bearing on the side that hasn't already been done? Truck is coming up on 200k miles. Anything else I should proactively replace while I am in there? I plan to keep the truck for a while. I will probably replace the brakes with high performance pads now that I haul a travel trailer regularly - anyone have a recommendation? Rotors too?
Boy this maintenance job has turned into quite a project. So far this winter - EGT, boost and trans temp gauges, trans flush, power steering flush, turbo rebuild, fuel filters, oil change, glow plugs, UVC harnesses, wicked wheel 2, bellowed up pipes, all U joints, deleted pedestal, high flow turbo outlet, aux backup lights.... and now coming up next - ball joints. lol