Hi there! I have a 2006 Chevy Uplander....I used to be a mechanic in the military but these newer vehicles boggle my mind!
Here's what I have observed:
Driving down the road, even the smallest rut makes the frame "shake" a bit...sounds like tie rods could be going - would this be feasible for such a newer vehicle?? I don't drive it very often - only 37,000 miles on it. If not tie rods, what is the chance it could be the ball joints going?? Please help!!
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Re: Tie Rods?? Ball Joints??
At such low milage i seriously doubt that it is the tie rods unless you have a problem with the vehicle wandering down the road. with loose ball joints you would have a alignment problem as well and you would notice a cupping on the tires which you did not mention. I would start by looking at eithere the strut or strut mounts and or the shock and shock mounts for looseness or cracks. also make sure your tires are not over inflated this would cause the shock of the ruts to be amplified to the frame.
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Most likely not. Manufacturers today use sealed ball joints and tie rods on most vehicles since they will last out the warranty period before failing. It is part of their plan for cost savings/planned obsolescence of parts. Most replacement/aftermarket joints/ends do have grease fittings (unless you buy from the dealer, then you get the same factory-sealed ones).
basically everything can didnt specify type of vehicle so well go thru list first tires out of balance or under inflated and or oversized for vehicle ---hub /wheel bearing going bad ---upper or lower ball joint bad or damaged ----upper or lower control arm bushings---shocks/struts bad ---tie rods not properly installed ---idler arm bad or damaged --steering box/steering rack bad or damaged
It seems to be that the problem is with the ball joints of your car. Get the ball joints replaced asap. It will be a small repair.
If you ignore this, your rack ends, tie rods and camber will be have to replaced. That will cost about 200USD.
If the front of the car doesn't make a "Dug DUg " noise when going over small pot holes, then you will have only replace the lower ball joints.
After getting repaired I will suggest that you do a wheel alignment.
Also inspect for any uneven wear of tyres. That is also a good sign for the balls joints to be replaced.
Hope this was helpful
this could be ALOT of different things! inner or outter tie rods(front of vehicle), bad tires, ball joints(front of vehicle). Your best bet would be to have it looked at, from a shop or possibly a mechanic buddy! Good luck