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Okay for about a few weeks I have noticed it. Today it got worse. It's not a hard pop, but enough to catch my attention. It only happens at low speeds like 20 and below. It is also only on the drivers side. I figure it's probably ball joint going out on me, but figured I would throw it up here to see if anyone agrees or thinks its something else.
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just jack her up and check out the front end man.
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just jack her up and check out the front end man.
x2.. could be a cv or a bushing as well.
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ball joint, outer tie rod, inner tie rod, wheel bearing, u-joint...

how many miles on the truck? have you ever done a total over haul?
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x2.. could be a cv or a bushing as well.
its 2wd...
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sway bar link could be broken as well
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its 2wd...
oo didnt see that.
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ball joint, outer tie rod, inner tie rod, wheel bearing, u-joint...

how many miles on the truck? have you ever done a total over haul?
Just shy of 73k and no I haven't. Not very familiar with this stuff that's why I posted.
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push in and out on the top of the wheel while its in the air to check for ball joints/bearings, the same on the bottom of the tire to check ball joints/bearings, spin wheels for bearings listen for rough noises, push tire side to side and feel for play in the tie rods. You can also grab the sway bar and pull around on it feel for bushing play. also check the link kits that attatch the sway bar to the truck, if they are shot you will hear a clicking while your driving.

Most places will check your front end for free if you wanna head over to a mechanic also, if you dont know much about it.
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Mine does a popping at low speeds but kinda only when I turn. I looked under the truck and it is the tie-rods. Mine are blown out.
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sway bar link could be broken as well
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Just shy of 73k and no I haven't. Not very familiar with this stuff that's why I posted.
ya at 73k its about time to go a whole front end rebuild
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ya at 73k its about time to go a whole front end rebuild
I will have to go test the wheel after I eat, but I did pull it off and took a look. I noticed one of the bushings for the lower control arm is rotted. The ball joints "looked" 0kay, but I will still test it. Here is a pic I took with my phone showing the one I am talking about.
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Mike I'm about to totally rebuild my front end, I'm at 75k and its time to as well. I'll keep track of all the part numbers and other things I use.
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Mike I'm about to totally rebuild my front end, I'm at 75k and its time to as well. I'll keep track of all the part numbers and other things I use.
Thanks Trent! Let me know on prices as well.
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Figure out what all you need and bring it to the shop and we'll get it done. Whenever your ready.
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push in and out on the top of the wheel while its in the air to check for ball joints/bearings, the same on the bottom of the tire to check ball joints/bearings, spin wheels for bearings listen for rough noises, push tire side to side and feel for play in the tie rods. You can also grab the sway bar and pull around on it feel for bushing play. also check the link kits that attatch the sway bar to the truck, if they are shot you will hear a clicking while your driving.

Most places will check your front end for free if you wanna head over to a mechanic also, if you dont know much about it.
Just checked everything you said. Everything seems good to go. When I pushed in and out on the top it moved maybe 1/16 of an inch. So I dont believe that's it and everything else was solid. I think it might be my bushings on my lower a-arm. So I will probably just plan on doing a front end rebuild in the next couple of weeks.
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itll probly move a little, because theres probly some bearing play, but mine does that to and i repacked my bearings like 2 months ago.
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