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Old 06-08-2011, 07:37 AM
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Question Front end making rocking noise

I took Ranger to get looked at the other day because I thought lower ball joint was bad on passenger side. They say there was a rock in the front driver side brake??? Uh? It's still making the noise Is there anyone that knows what it could be? It's hard to explain the noise just a rocking sound almost like somethings loose?
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:37 AM
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Default Re: Front end making rocking noise

First start the truck and have somebody get underneath or u get underneath while somebody rotates the steering wheel back and forth. Usually you will hear or see something. If not jack the truck up. grab the front wheel and move it back and forth and up and down. Odds are you will see your problem. Could be something simple as a sway bar arm needing replacing.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:43 AM
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Default Re: Front end making rocking noise

Just check all around the lower front end. I had a weird noise similar to that, Turns out the sway bar link bushing popped off. Just look around, compare one side to the other
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Default Re: Front end making rocking noise

Thank you for the help. Was lower ball the joint like I thought. i dont know why guy told me it wasn't unless he didnt bother to look...?
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:16 AM
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Default Re: Front end making rocking noise

Lift the front end up and secure it on jackstands - wheels clear of the ground, steering straight.

Take hold of your passenger side wheel at the 12 and 6 o'clock positions.

Gently try to "rock" the tire back and forth from those positions - you'll be able to hear/see/feel or somehow sense any movement or play - there shouldn't be any, everything should be tight.

If there is movement, try to determine where it is loose. Lower ball joint loose = excessive movement at bottom. Upper ball joint loose = excessive movement at top.

Excessive play could also mean a wheel bearing is starting to go, but that's usually accompanied by a "whirring"/"growling" sound while driving, or a similar sound while turning, not "clunks" as a wearing ball joint would most likely make (especially over bumps).

Hope this can help you in tracking down your problem.
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