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Old 03-19-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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How do you determine loose. If they swivel like a ball joint that's what they are supposed to do. If you can take a large pair of channel locks and compress them that's not OK. Basically the ball joint socket and/or ball are worn out. Fairly simple to change. The pickle fork will work fine for most joints. It will ruin the rubber boot which holds the grease but that's OK because you are going to change it. Before you begin count the number of threads exposed on your old ones and put the new ones back exactly. That will change your toe adjustment if you don't get them back correctly.
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If you have someone move the steering wheel back and forth and you see any movement between the tapered bolt and the tie rod socket, it needs to be replaced. Same with a ball joint and up/down motion.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:15 PM   #12
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your looking at nearly 14 yrs on original equipment (im assuming here), and i would say you have gotten all the good out of it. a rebuild and an alignment will make it feel brand new. it can all be repaired relatively inexspensively.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:05 PM   #13
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thx guys, im going to attempt it myself and save some money, btw I watched a couple of you tube vides and most of them hit the side of the tie rod and it popped off, going to try that first, wish me luck I will update you on the progect.

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #14
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thx guys, im going to attempt it myself and save some money, btw I watched a couple of you tube vides and most of them hit the side of the tie rod and it popped off, going to try that first, wish me luck I will update you on the progect.

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That's the best way. I did them on my F150 last year before I traded it and that procedure worked well, but don't hit the tie rod, hit the part the tie rod mounts to.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #15
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thx guys, im going to attempt it myself and save some money, btw I watched a couple of you tube vides and most of them hit the side of the tie rod and it popped off, going to try that first, wish me luck I will update you on the progect.

Thx again
Go to Harbor Freight and get a cheap pickle fork. Don't like the idea of beating on a steering arm.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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Watch the video on Youtube video, you don't need a fork. Don't forget the alignment after.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:20 PM   #17
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Watch the video on Youtube video, you don't need a fork. Don't forget the alignment after.
Saw it and still don't agree with beating on a steering arm.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:29 PM   #18
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Saw it and still don't agree with beating on a steering arm.
Well, I've actually I've done it and it worked great for me, maybe not so much for others.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:03 PM   #19
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I might have to replace the ball joints but that looks a little more difficult with pulling the compressed fittings off
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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I might have to replace the ball joints but that looks a little more difficult with pulling the compressed fittings off
You will definitely need a pickle fork for that. Bite the bullet and get the fork, it will pay for itself in time and temper. Been there, done that. When you use the fork, make sure you are driving it into the ball joint directly into the A frame, not from the front or back.
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