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2006 Ford F-150 Question: vibration in steering wheel

 

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WCL3, 5.4L V8, Pearland, TX, January 11, 2011, 17:37
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I have a vibration in my steering wheel and NTB said it is the lower ball joints. 4x4 has 105,000 miles. The tires are fine, no wear.
If this is so should I replace all ball joints upper & lower and tie rods. What else while I have the front axle off?

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    January 11, 2011, 18:16
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    Based on the mileage - if this would be my truck - I'd do the upper ball joints on the side where the lower failed. The tie rod isn't necessary, it can be done when it will fails, but you will need to get it aligned again.
    I'd get a good quality part which comes with a grease fitting or buy a fitting separately and install it. This way you can get them lubed during an oil change and they will last way longer.

    Zee

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    WCL3, January 11, 2011, 20:11
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    Thank you good advice

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    January 11, 2011, 21:02
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    By the way, ball joints will not cause a vibration in your steering wheel. Strongly recommend a second opinion. Sure, they could be worn, and may need replaced. But they will not cause a rhythmic vibration. That would be more wheel balancing (higher speeds - above 40 or 50 mph), bent wheel or bad tire (low speeds - under 35), or brake rotors (vibrates when braking only).

    I get very sketchy about these mass recommendations to replace --everything. I'm kind of stingy about replacing only what is bad, unless you have to be in the area anyway. I agree with Zee - doing the uppers at the same time is not a bad idea, if you're doing lowers.

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