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2006 Ford F250 with major wondering problems on the highway. So far have replaced ball joints, stabalizer shock, steering box and idler arm. Steering box did have the biggest effect in correcting the problem but there is still play in the steering wheel.

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SOURCE: pressing out the ball joint

you dont have to take apart ball joint remove rotor asembley remove the hub the axel will come out through the hole

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SOURCE: REPLACING LOWER BALL JOINTS ON 2000 FORD F250 4X4 7.3L DIESEL

hello,yes you do have to take the hub off to replace the ball joint with the ball joint being on the back side of the hub. hope this helps and please rate this.

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U CAN REPLACE JUST THE BALL JOINT OR THEY COME WITH THE ARMS.DEPENDING ON MECHANICAL ABILITY AND TOOLS IT IS MUCH SIMPLER TO REPLACE THE ARMS

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SOURCE: 1995 Ford Crown Victoria - shakes/vibrates @ highway speeds.

Alignment has alot to do with the tires not shimmying.. Like zero toe setting. Loose componants like tie rod ends and the idler ar worn. You can ck for excess front end play by holding the front and back of the wheel and pushing and pulling on it, like rocking it. OR have someone rock the steering while you watch where the play is from underneath. By rocking I mean turn the steering wheel back and forth. Look at all th joints and pivot points for excess play, which is, movement not immediate to the rest of the steering system. Tire balance is very important. Wheel hop is a sign of a bad tire and it overtaxes the shock absorber. Shocks don't cause shimmy because they are a vertical movement controlA shimmy is lateral or side to side.Wheel balance weights must be spit. If a 2 oz. weight is needed to balance the tire, Oe once should be on the inside of the wheel and one ounce on the outside directly across from each outher.. Loose wheel brgs will cause shimmy, but they would not last long. Caster setting on the wheel alignment will also cause shimmy. Like on a shopping car. too much caster causes the wheel to start fluttering and is very hard on other componants. This may be why you have worn tie rod ends and a bad pitman arm. Worn control arm bushings and ball joints directly affect titre wear and can only be feltwhen the front end hits a dip and detected by side wear on the tire edges. Summary: replace the tie rod end and have the car aligned. Good Luck, -Ned_ sorry about the book

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SOURCE: I have a squeaking noise when I hit bumps or turn

You may be right. Check the shocks, as well as the
ball joints.

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If the steering is getting a little hard to turn at low speeds, this would indicate a loss of Power Steering, and the steering is reverting to "Non-Power" steering, just like the days of the Ford Model T or Model A. Loss of power steering is usually caused by low level of PSF (Power Steering Fluid).
So first on my checklist would be checking the PSF level in the reservoir.
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The Five Hundred also has rear shock absorbers with springs - check for leaks/breakage/weakness here too.

Steering losing responsiveness/wander - checklist
Priority Action Part Type Cause
1 Inspect Rack & Pinion - Center Wear From Internal Fluid Leaking Around The Rack Piston.
2 Inspect Steering Stabilizer Bracket - Loose or Broken Steering Stabilizer Bracket.
3 Inspect Front Lower Control Arm - Front Lower Control Arm loose/missing bolt(s)
4 Inspect Front Lower Ball Joints - Front Lower Ball Joint(s) Worn/Loose
5 Inspect Front Upper Ball Joints -Front Upper Ball Joint(s) Worn/Loose
6 Inspect Tire Pressure - Tire Pressure should be 35 PSI for the Five Hundred and Montego's P225/55R18 OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) tires.

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1 Inspect Rear Shock/Strut - Shocks/Strut failing/leaking.
2 Inspect Front Shock/Strut - Shocks/Strut failing/leaking.
3 Inspect Coil Spring - Incorrect Coil Spring Selection or Installation.
4 Inspect Coil Spring - Coil Spring broken.

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My Tahoe has some play in the steering. I took it into an independent garage and was told the pitman and idler arms needed replacing. Knowing I could do the work myself, I drove the beast home and crawled...


Hi Jeff,

Play in steering is compounded by each weakness, no matter how slight, that exists in the entire steering linkage.

I admire your technique in troubleshooting. You definitely make valid points with your observations.

However.... I like to save people from unnecessary expenses. If there is a possibility one or more ball joints are responsible, and you can check them yourself for the cost of one specialty tool (approx $15.00).....

I just give you the info. You make the call

Have a look at my avatar. I've been there.

Ball Joints. They're everywhere.

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Tie rod ends (above)
The Pitman Arm, the Idler Arm, the steering knuckles...

A ball joint should be stiff as he!!. Holding one in your hand, you should only be able to swivel the threaded part with the greatest difficulty. Stiff. It's job is the efficient transfer of force, not to dampen it.

A ball joint that moves with the ease of a joystick is no good. It will move independent (admittedly a very short distance) of the arm it's attached to until it reaches it's full range. That's in each direction.

That's where most 'Play' comes from.

Now think about two or more BJ's doing the same thing at once. Then steering gets Sloppy.

There are several you need to check. And they really need to be separated to check them.

To do this, you will need a 'Ball Joint Separator'. They are sometimes called 'Pickle Forks'. Don't ask me why.

The look like a big tuning fork.
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The tines are wedge shaped. After you remove the Ball Joint Nt, you slide the fork under the BJ as shown and hit it with a fairly heavy hammer to pop it free.

If the Ball Joint is loose, easy to move or spins, it needs to be replaced.

Check the ones on the tie rod ends, the pitman arm first.

If they are good, simply put them back.

I hope this will save you some hard earned cash.


Regards

Mike

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Alignment has alot to do with the tires not shimmying.. Like zero toe setting. Loose componants like tie rod ends and the idler ar worn. You can ck for excess front end play by holding the front and back of the wheel and pushing and pulling on it, like rocking it. OR have someone rock the steering while you watch where the play is from underneath. By rocking I mean turn the steering wheel back and forth. Look at all th joints and pivot points for excess play, which is, movement not immediate to the rest of the steering system. Tire balance is very important. Wheel hop is a sign of a bad tire and it overtaxes the shock absorber. Shocks don't cause shimmy because they are a vertical movement controlA shimmy is lateral or side to side.Wheel balance weights must be spit. If a 2 oz. weight is needed to balance the tire, Oe once should be on the inside of the wheel and one ounce on the outside directly across from each outher.. Loose wheel brgs will cause shimmy, but they would not last long. Caster setting on the wheel alignment will also cause shimmy. Like on a shopping car. too much caster causes the wheel to start fluttering and is very hard on other componants. This may be why you have worn tie rod ends and a bad pitman arm. Worn control arm bushings and ball joints directly affect titre wear and can only be feltwhen the front end hits a dip and detected by side wear on the tire edges. Summary: replace the tie rod end and have the car aligned. Good Luck, -Ned_ sorry about the book

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