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Should I do ball joints

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I have a 2009 F250 4x4 crew cab 6.4. I have a seized auto hub which i haven’t noticed until in turn it has ruined one of my axle shaft u-joints where it’s horrendously squeaking despite me greasing them regularly so i need to hack out the broken auto locker and then get the axle shaft out and replace all the appropriate seals. I am also going to replace the wheel hub bearing assembly So I am getting into the thick of it with this thing. Now my question is I don’t believe i have any ball joint movement, i recently had a Ford shop alignment after putting leveling coils and new shocks all around, and there was no mention of balljoint problems, but I feel with 99k on the truck that i might need them soon. Since I’m pulling all that crap to get to the axle shafts should/would I/you do the ball joints now even if they are not “bad”
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I had 289k on my old 2006....never needed ball joints. If it's not broke.....you know.



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I have owned a bunch of Ford pickups and they all needed front end steering stuff at a bit less than 100K miles. Probably rural and poor country roads but ball joints were definitely in all the front end rebuilds. The front end on a Superduty real heavy and like most real heavy front end trucks likely would not do harm to go through the whole thing and be done with issues for the next 100K miles.

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If you do, I would stay away from Moog, had nothing but problems with more than one set. Go XRF or another brand.
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I used Detroit Axle and don't have enough miles to see if it lasts 100K but so far so good.

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how much play is in them? if very little no none, i wouldnt change them out.


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If you do replace them go with Dana/Spicer, top quality and OE stuff.
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If you do replace them go with Dana/Spicer, top quality and OE stuff.
They are good! Only reason I we didn't go with OE on our super duty is they were not greasable IIRC.

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i got 60 k out of my first set ( Ford did them under warranty and i did my second set around 110,000

i am sure thye could have gone a longer but they were dry ( I went OEM Spicer )

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how much play is in them? if very little no none, i wouldnt change them out.

So I had ZERO play in them, and I tried to get them to move, I had a 5foot steel bar under the tire and tried to lift in all directions, side play and front play.. nothin, I was shaking the whole truck but no movement in Balljoints. So I opted not to do them. I didn't really need to change my hubs either but I did since they were out of the truck. was a good project. If anyone does this work ever, you NEED the seal and axle installment tool. Its a big hunk of steel that cost 60-90 bucks on Amazon, but you cannot do this job without it. I borrowed a balljoint press from a friend who is a on-the road mechanic and it made quick work replacing the Ujoints. all in all 6 hrs to do bother sides taking my time..
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