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Old 10-16-2021, 03:51 AM
Dantforth Dantforth is offline
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Default Front end rattle

2010 Ranger 2WD, 4 cyl. five speed transmission. I replaced all the sway bar busings and also changed out all the wheel bearings. The rattle is still there. Every small bump causes a rattle on both sides as if something is worn. I have checked the shocks which were replaced a couple years ago. Truck has 150,000 miles on it. I purchased it new. Now wondering about ball joints! I hate just replacing parts without knowing for sure what the problem is. Options are ball joints only or upper and lower control arms with ball joints already installed. Thoughts? Ideas? Dave
PS....I hate planned obsolesence. Ball joints with no grease fittings! My last Ranger had greasable ball joints. I sold it when it had 220,000 miles and front end was like new.

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Old 10-16-2021, 03:01 PM
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Default Re: Front end rattle

My guess is the upper ball joints. The lowers would not rattle even if they were worn out because they carry all the weight. Jack up each wheel under the lower control arm near the tire and check for play at 12 and 6 oclock.
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Old 10-17-2021, 03:32 AM
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Default Re: Front end rattle

Thanks nelbur. I have done that but will try again. Dave
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: Front end rattle

Ball joints and shocks tend to make a thunking noise if loose, a rattle sounds more like something loose, inner fender or some other light metal in the front.
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