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Leaning wheels (not good)

I have a problem. The wheels on my Ranger are leaning, and I don't know what to do about it. The left one is worse than the right one. My truck was a previous salvage/rollover, and the left side has always leaned. Could the frame be bent? I checked for bearing play already and it checked out fine, yet I hear a grinding/vibration coming from the left side all the time. Kinda scary, plus it looks bad and wears my expensive tires. The right one has only recently started to lean. Ideas? Where to start? Thanks guys.
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Ball joints. Start there.

Are you 4x4 or 2wd? Truck specs might be helpful.
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it's a 4.0 4x4 Auto XLT Extended Cab
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I'm having somewhat the same problem with my '98 4x4. Both front wheels "tow out" at the bottom. Not real bad, but bad enough for me. Not noticing any tire wear yet. Someone said I need a camber kit installed but I haven't researched any further.

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start with an alignment
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what year is it? Cause if its 97 or older the springs wear and they squat funny
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I'm having somewhat the same problem with my '98 4x4. Both front wheels "tow out" at the bottom. Not real bad, but bad enough for me. Not noticing any tire wear yet. Someone said I need a camber kit installed but I haven't researched any further.

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"toe out" is what you mean But even that is not the correct terminology for this situation. What you refer to is negative camber where the wheels are not perpendicular with the road surface. The opposite of this is positive camber, where the bottoms of the wheels point inward. You need an alignment. From there you will be able to determine if it is a simple fix the alignment guy can fix, or a more major one like replacement of balljoints or bend a-arms or bent frame.

This goes for the OP as well. Start with an alignment, it could be a number of things but by doing that first you will know where to go next. If the alignment tech can't get it aligned to factory specs, then you know something more serious is going on (bent a-arms/frame ect.).
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Thanks alot.
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check your ball joints
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