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Front left wheel has ''broken loose'' from the front end.

The top of the front left wheel looks to be leani ng about 10 degrees inward as if the wheel is leaning into the wheel well. On the way home my sister described the feeling that she had a flat tire so she stoped and checked and continued. She then described some clanking, grinding and difficulty steering. She pulled into a parking lot and the wheel looked like it was about to fall off as if there were no lug nuts holding the wheel on. Steering knuckle, ball joints, controll arm? I hope this is something I can fix myself. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks.

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  • lemorton1 Jun 21, 2009

    After jackung it up and removing the wheel Ifound out it;s a broken upper ball joint. This will be my first but I think I'll be able to repair it. Thanks to hippycy and Guru its420_us for the input.

  • cy schousboe May 11, 2010

    Have you jacked it up yet? Block the truck on the frame so the wheel hangs loose. I'd suspect a problem with the upper control arm or a broken ball joint, but you should be able to find it with the truck in the air by moving the wheel around.

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From your description, it sounds as if the lower ball joint is broken. I'm not there to see it, or i would give you an exact diagnosis. Chances are, whatever the issue is, you will be able to repair it yourself.

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