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Old 07-16-2006
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Problems with ball joints

The rubber on all four ball joints - both sides, upper and lowers, have deteriorated. Anyone have this problem? My truck has not been off road and is taken care of like a new one all the time (only 49,000 miles). Not 4wd. I checked with Ford dealer and there is no recall. Their cost to replace was a bit over $550!

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$550? no way, replace them yourself.. btw mine went at ~60k and I dont do any offroading.
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Ball Joint Problems On My '01 Ranger

I had premature worn out lower ball joints on my '01 Ranger. You could see that the rubber was torn and coming out of the joint. When going over a bump you could hear a clunking/rubbery squeaky sound coming from the front end. This happened with only about 41,000 miles on the od. I had the lower joints replaced. The clunking/rubbery sound came back after about only three days. So now I'm wondering like you-what to do? Do I replace the upper joints also in hopes that will fix it or could the sounds be due to a worn tie rod? Can anyone help with this? Also is it possible that when Ford put the 4.0 v-6 in the Ranger that the weight of it was too much for the suspension for which it was designed for?
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Check the upper ball joints, the boots on mine were torn but instead of buying new upper control arms with the integrated ball joints, i just regreased them and slipped on a new boot.. I'm gonna have to replace them though because I can feel play in the steering because of them, and my truck tends to want to wonder on the highway if i really dont hold the steering wheel.
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