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Old 03-21-2011
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Bad ball joints?

Can bad ball joints and tie rods cause squeaking and rattling in the front suspension? My front end is a little loose and I know they cause that but there is also just some bad sounding rattles and squeaks. I have 180,000 miles on my truck and I had all the joints replaced in the fron end about 40,000 miles ago when I put my lift kit on. And im guessing the lift kit and bigger tires wore them out faster...Any help and suggestions are welcome. And I know I need new joints but could there be something else I need to replace as well?

1998 2wd XLT xcab Ranger 3.0L V6
-3" spindle lift w/blocks in the rear
-31" Toyo A/Ts on stock 15x7 rims
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Old 03-21-2011
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yes they could cause the squeaking and rattling. also bad bushings could cause that too. and shocks. yes the bigger tires would put more of a strain on them so they will wear out faster. go with moog to replace the tie rods and ball joints.
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