You can jack the truck up and put a jack stand unser it for safety.
Then grab the tire and pull and push on the bottom and you will fwwl if it has play or not.
Almost any truck with 60,000 miles or more on it needs lower ball joints. Four wheel drive trucks are especially tough on them.
Make sure to get some good ones that have a grease fitting. MOOG is probably the best brand for replacement suspension stuff.
The best on line parts stores are US Auto Parts and RockAuto. Com. Rock Auto has closeouts where the warrantee is forgone but the part will be %50-%70 cheaper.
Lower ball joints just see a ton of stress from big tires. They will come apart too, so don't worry about sympatamativ behaviour. Just replace them every 70, ooo miles. You can just thread the castle nut on a few turns and beat the old joint out. Go to an advance auto and borrow an install kit or use same size socket to beat the new one in. Its not too hard a job.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 AT 2:21 PM