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Old 03-07-2011, 03:29 PM
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Default Noisy Ball Joints?

I think my ball joints in the front suspension are going out (if not already). I know the easy test is to jack it up and give the tires a good wiggle but I left my jack and stands at my parents place a while back and I have yet to retrieve them so I need a little help with my trouble shooting. When I'm driving, every time I turn the steering wheel (doesn't matter the direction) there is a loud creaking coming from under the front of the truck. Same thing happens when I go over a hump/dip/hill in the road and flex the suspension. The springs and the shocks appear old but to be in good shape and the steering linkage appears to be in good working order (boots intact, no visibly bent tie rods, no wet/leaky spots). I'm thinking the issue is in the steering knuckles where the tires are connected. Also when I drive at highway speeds (60-70) the whole truck starts to vibrate. Not a lot but it is noticeable and, if it is the ball joints, it will get worse (and quickly eat at my tires). I was under the truck changing the oil over the weekend and there was a lot of dirt and grime caked around them and they looked pretty worn.

Is it pretty reasonable to assume it would be the ball joints? I'm just looking for some affirmation on my diagnosis or some direction on other places to look for the noise.
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:31 PM
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Default Re: Noisy Ball Joints?

very common ball joint issue, my 99 did the same.. I replaced, and it makes no noise
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Old 03-07-2011, 03:34 PM
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ya any loud thump while going over a bump is the sign of a ball joint.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:32 AM
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Default Re: Noisy Ball Joints?

thanks guys, i'll get new ball joints. i'll let you know how it goes.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:22 PM
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Default Re: Noisy Ball Joints?

be sure to remember where your cam bolts were facing an their exact spot , i found the videos on youtube were very helpful and didnt even use a spring compressor be sure to replace your upper control arms along with the lowers while your in there!! and also a ball joint press is the only way i was able to remove the crusted in stockers
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:18 PM
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be sure to remember where your cam bolts were facing an their exact spot , i found the videos on youtube were very helpful and didnt even use a spring compressor be sure to replace your upper control arms along with the lowers while your in there!! and also a ball joint press is the only way i was able to remove the crusted in stockers
which videos on youtube? there are quite a few and i don't know if you are referring to a specific one working on a 99 ranger.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:19 PM
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he is workin on a 02 or 03 i in the video but the process is the same for 98 or 99 an up ,








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Old 03-21-2011, 05:59 AM
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Default Re: Noisy Ball Joints?

My ball joints squeak because they have no grease certs and the covering wore out. The grease washes out in wet weather. I just spray some foam grease into the joints ( I am still probably going to need to replace them soon).
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:07 AM
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very common for these rangers get lower replacements an upper arms with grease-able zerk fittings my joints and rubber boots u speak of were also trashed at 80k mite as well change outer tie rods while your in there or it will come back to haunt you when u try to have it aligned after!
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:33 AM
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Or if the joints are still tight and you want to buy some time, get an injector needle adapter for your grease, and grease through the boots. It usually will quiet them down for a while until you can replace the joints.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:00 PM
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Default Re: Noisy Ball Joints?

Well replacing them did the trick. All 4 were in horrible shape. There was no getting by quick fixes on these (see image attached). Apparently, the uppers were integrated into the control arms. Good thing I planned on replacing them anyways.
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