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My 2004 Ford Explorer is swaying all over the road. The mechanic replaced a rear linkage knuckle and now my steering wheel is crooked. He cannot figure out what the problem is. The bushings look good, But it does need front upper and lower ball joints but he does not think thats the problem. We can't figure it! Any ideas.

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Can i ask for more details? Such as when you drive down the road and take your foot off the gas pedal does the truck begin to sway?
Does it sway when you press the gas pedal only?
If it sways when you are releasing the gas pedal its probably rear bushings. Worn bushings can cause your vehicle to sway quite a bit.

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

Testimonial: "It sways, or pulls, to both sides, back and forth, all the time but it seems more stronger when I'm accelerating or when the roads are bad such as ice and snow. At this point its a danger to drive."

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SOURCE: i have a2001 cherokee sport

Clunking noise in the rear of the vehicle is a broad statement. When is the vehicle doing it? Is it all the time or just over bumps? Is it happening only going around curves? Is it a constant bump that speeds up and slows down with the vehicle speed. You would be supprised how many clunking noises can come from the driveline not the suspension. It could be anything from a bushing to your rear differential getting ready to grenade.

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SOURCE: upper & lower Ford Ranger ball joints replacement

Approx.$250 in parts & rest is labor. Probably 3 to 4 hrs labor at most, even at 5 hrs labor, that's $100/hr labor. It must include alignment after the repairs, correct? Not sure what your going rate for labor is in your area. Probably wouldn't hurt to call around for a second opinion& estimate just to be sure.

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SOURCE: 2003 Dodge Durango clunking noise in front end can

With the information given this is not a sure solution. Questions that need to be asked is when does this happen, turning at slow speedm high speed, when hitting a pot hole etc? Since you have replaced a lot of things already, assuming you have NEW good quality parts so you did not replace bad parts with new bad parts i would definitelu check the pitman arm. This runs from the stering gear to the tierod. It can give you some good clunks while steering, especially at low speed when there is a lot of resistance. Check it by having someone turning the steering wheel when watchin/feeling it.

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SOURCE: need to replace upper and lower ball joints on a 1999 Ford Exploe

This job is essentially man against beast with hammer style of job. You will need an alignment after you are finished, seriously easier and safer to let a shop do this.

If you do it yourself be advised of the HUGE potential energy stored in the spring, and do not allow it to release....
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SOURCE: 2000 Ford Focus LX steering knuckle/ball joint

theres 2 ways too fix that!! one is get some brass shiw stock it comes in a roll get about .005 thick! wrap several layers around the knuckle pin where is goes into the socket and then tigthen it up that will remove the play also you can heat the socket with a torch and then take a hammer and shrink the hole opening but if you call beards salvage in tulsa okla they can and will sell/ship you one

Posted on Jan 22, 2010

Testimonial: "Good idea about wrapping the pinch bolt. thanks for the confidence boost on using a BFH to beat it tight, I thought it would work."

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