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Old 06-09-2010, 07:21 AM
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Default Check those Ball Joints

I was on my way to work this a.m. in my 2005 Ranger Edge 4x4. Doing 70mph on the highway.

Suddenly lost stearing and breaks. no warning. luckily no heavy traffic and was able to pull it over on the berm by down shifting and use of emergany brake. The truck was heading that way and I could not stear anyways..... Got out and it is apparent that the ball joint broke as the front tire tire is tilted out really bad...proably lucky the whole damn thing didn't come off.

Had it towed to buddies shop and sure enough ball joint gone. Of course this also caused axle to snap and rotor heavily damaged. gonna be an expensive one here.

Ranger has 47K miles on it..figures I was planning on checking brakes and front end this weekend.

Moral of the story...check them ball joints whenever you can.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:24 AM
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lucky nothing happened to you
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:09 AM
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Sounds scary, gotta love being able to downshift.
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Old 06-09-2010, 09:17 AM
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Default Re: Check those Ball Joints

do you have any sort of lift on your truck? i heard those can put excess stress on the ball joints
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:16 AM
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do you have any sort of lift on your truck? i heard those can put excess stress on the ball joints
Nope. Stock. I am shocked one gave out at 47K. I will found out if there was a cause to this failure, but from what I saw initially it just failed.

I will report back after I pick it up from the shop.. I have not talked to anyone since I dropped it off.

Damn axle for '05 is expensive. $175.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:30 AM
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stock size tires and everything?
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:43 PM
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Default Re: Check those Ball Joints

my ball joints failed around the 40,000 mark as well. (well, not failed, but needed replacing)
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:13 PM
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Got pictures?
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:53 AM
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stock size tires and everything?
yep. stock 16x8 aluminum rimes and tires.

I did not have my camera on me so I do not have pics.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:21 PM
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Thats wierd, I had an 1/8" play in one of my uppers and it was on there 167000 miles. Dude, replace as much as you can afford because my truck now rides like new. New front ends rule!
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:32 PM
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Default Re: Check those Ball Joints

Is this just a problem with 4x4 versions of Rangers or 2x2 as well
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