The front end may make a rattle noise over bumps. There may be handling issues, and play in the front wheels on inspection. If there is up and down movement on the front wheels while the lower control arms are being supported, inspect the upper and lower ball joints for excessive play. These are prone to failure from moisture entry and lack of lubrication. The ball joints should be replaced as needed.
Front End May Make Rattle Noise Over Bumps, Handling Issues on Ford E-150
Average mileage: 99,932 (30,120–175,000)
33 people reported this problem
1993 Ford E-150 125,000 mi, Visitor
rattle noise in front end over bumps sway bar rubber bushing came out of hole in the control arm
2008 Ford E-150 103,000 mi, Visitor
Front end vibrates very badly. The van is difficult to control somtimes.
2008 Ford E-150 80,000 mi, Visitor
Vehicle very unstable on roads without smooth surface. Mechanic recommended replacement of upper and lower ball joints with front end alignment for a total of $750.00. Looking for some reimbursement from Ford!
2005 Ford E-150 115,000 mi, Visitor
Bumps make a rattling noise and not sure how to fix it.