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2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty Question: Not consistently but at times there is front end noise and can feel thud on

 

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dixiemae, 7.3L V8 Diesel Turbo, Visalia, CA, November 20, 2013, 11:27
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floorboard when applying Brakes. Cannot find anything loose?

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    cardocIII from Gillespie's Auto Service, November 20, 2013, 11:52
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    2 wheel drive? Check the radius arm bushings at the frame.

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    dixiemae, November 20, 2013, 12:06
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    It's a 4 wheel drive. Any difference on what to check? FYI 11-25-2013 found and fixed the problem. Took Truck to a shop and witnessed inspection and found excess play in both Ball Joints. Drivers side was worse than passenger side. Shop installed Camber/Caster Bushing Drivers side, Upper and Lower Ball Joints both sides, Tie Rod End at Pitman and Both Sway Bar Bushings. Aligned front end and noise is gone.

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    ProfessorG November 20, 2013, 16:03
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    Hi Dixiemae, I'm originally from Tulare, (left 30yrs ago), Anyway have had some here in Texas with problems with cab bushings. The weather here is a lot like Tulare County. Have had to put hard thin plastic spacers between cab and bushings with a little grease. It happens periodically. Mostly during uneven pavement, and slowing on turns with uneven surfaces. Hope this helps with your problem.

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    dixiemae, November 26, 2013, 20:02
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    2001 F-250 Super Duty 4X4 FYI 11-25-2013 found and fixed the problem. Took Truck to a shop and witnessed inspection and found excess play in both Ball Joints. Drivers side was worse than passenger side. Shop installed Camber/Caster Bushing Drivers side, Upper and Lower Ball Joints both sides, Tie Rod End at Pitman and Both Sway Bar Bushings. Aligned front end and noise is gone. Thanks so much for your help.

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    ProfessorG, November 26, 2013, 20:25
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    You should have had obvious noises just driving and turning, instead of just stopping. Sometimes it's hard to predict all that, when you aren't presented the vehicle to inspect for yourself. Was just trying to give some direction for the information that you had given, and the possibilities of the cause from what we have encountered over many years of repairing vehicles. Thanks for asking, and wished we could have checked the vehicle ourselves to find your problems. Oh and didn't hear anything about the looseness in your steering, "IE" pitman arm. Have a great holiday season.

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