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Old 04-07-2008, 03:34 PM
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Test for bad ball joints?

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Any Excursion or truck specific way to check for bad ball joints? I have been having this knock at stop and start for a few weeks, that feels like it's coming from the driver front. Jacked up the truck and try to move the front tire it doesn't move, OK not the ball joints. I figured it was the front sway bar bushing or maybe the Driveshft/Slip Yolk needing grease as mentioned on this GREAT site. Bushing looks OK, so its the grease that's needed, feeling better already.

Brought the Excursion into a new to me independant station(he did come highly recommended by a neighbor) to check the knock. I mention that I don't think it's the ball joints or the sway bar bushing but might be the Drive shaft/Slip Yolk needing to be greased. He calls and he memtions that I need upper/lower ball joints on the passenger side, that they are about to fall off and he will show me how to test for bad ball joints, my way wasn't correct.

Truck does have close to 80000 miles so it might be due but how does one tell on this truck?

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Tony
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:42 PM
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A test for bad ball joints is squeaking. Mine squeak like crazy when ever i steer, especially when the truck isnt rollin.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:44 PM
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I did go to the shop and yep, the passenger side ball joints are bad, he used he same test(just jack up the tire and try to rock the tire up/down ). Just found it strange that I felt the knock on the drivers side and never even thought of checking the passenger side.
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Old 04-07-2008, 11:05 PM
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Tony, you didn't mention if you X was 2 or 4 WD but my 02 2wd needed then at 90K, I would think that a 4wd might need them sooner...I'd think that you probably do to.
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Old 04-08-2008, 11:09 AM
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It is a 2003 4x4 V10 Limited. I hope to have it back sometime today and boy these things are pricey!

Getting it ready for the camping/dog show season and making sure that everything is in tip-top shape.

New shocks/front steering stablizer/tires/SilverStars within the last 5000 miles, had a transmission flush just done. Installed a Hellwig rear sway bar, and RAS this past weekend and now ball joints. Hope that's it for a long while.

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Old 04-08-2008, 12:26 PM
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How much should I expect to pay to have a shop replace ball joints on an X?
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:27 PM
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How much should I expect to pay to have a shop replace ball joints on an X?

I was just quotes 5.9 hours acording to the book for a 4x4. I got the MOOG ones from Rock Auto.

I took advantage of having my gears changed and had them press in new ball joints since they had the axels out anyway.
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Moog greaseables is deff the way to go for ball joints!
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Parts and labor came to alittle over $900.00 for both sides upper/lower and the Moog greaseables were used. The labor charge was pretty steep, but the truck really rides great (could be the Hellwig and RAS which was done over the weekend), no clunk and I feel real good going into towing season.
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Where did u have them switched out at?
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It is a 2003 4x4 V10 Limited. I hope to have it back sometime today and boy these things are pricey!

Getting it ready for the camping/dog show season and making sure that everything is in tip-top shape.

New shocks/front steering stablizer/tires/SilverStars within the last 5000 miles, had a transmission flush just done. Installed a Hellwig rear sway bar, and RAS this past weekend and now ball joints. Hope that's it for a long while.

Tony
check the u joints as well.... I just did ball joints, U joints and front steering stablizer. I also show dogs and my fear is being on the road loaded with the pups and something happening..... Leaving for Ga tomorrow, hope the truck is tight!!!

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Forget to say balljoints 760.00 parts and labor

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I was just quotes 5.9 hours acording to the book for a 4x4. I got the MOOG ones from Rock Auto.

I took advantage of having my gears changed and had them press in new ball joints since they had the axels out anyway.
5.9 hours?! WOW! I did my own in about 3 hrs and had never seen the front end of a super duty before.
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Old 04-10-2008, 01:26 PM
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hey I keep hearing about the drive yoke needing grease but I can't find it or a zerk on the drive line anywhere. 2001 psd ex ??? HELP!

Never mind found the answer in another forum, good stuff but hey Ford why no zerk?

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Ball joints to have all replaced is about 1k I just had mine done in mine
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