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Hi,the basic whay of finding this out is to jack frot end of car up,put on axle stands,grab the wheel one hand on nine oclock and the other hand at free oclock and push with the left hand while pulling with the right hand so you are pushing and pulling the wheel,while doing this you should be feeling for play this will let you know if the trackrod end is ok,if theres play change it,
then grab the wheel at twelve with one hand and the other hand on six and do the same as above and again you are looking for play,this will tell you if the top and bottom ball joints are damidged, if you feel movement from the top replace top ball joint if movement from bottom replace bottm ball joint,
while the car is still jacked up spin the wheel and see if the wheel bearing is ok,if it spins freely and no bad rubble ing the the wheel bearing should be ok.
I hope this anwerd your question,all the best.

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SOURCE: upper ball joint on 2005 lincoln navigator 4wd has play in it

Correct. Replace them all at the same time as you will need to track steering after replacing ball joints. Check rubber anti roll bushings when your at it,

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SOURCE: ball joint keeps going

This is a tough problem to answer. There are a lot of variables that can cause premature ball joint wear. The most common concern is the road you drive on, the tires and rims you are using and the mileage you have gone.The part that you installed,did it have a grease-able zerk fitting to add to the joint? Is the alignment correct, are there any other parts failing? (like the boot that covers the joint?)

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SOURCE: 2000 lincoln ls bad ball joints! should i replace whole knuckle or just ball joints

yes you can buy just the ball joints

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SOURCE: 2000 mountaineer i know the upper and lower ball

Try Autozone or Oreillys for the parts. If they list them you can do just the ball joints. I had the same story with my 2002 Mercury. The dealer parts guys told me the "A" arms were 1 piece with the joint; yet the shop manager in the same dealership told me the balljoints are separate.
I had no problem in getting just the joints nor did the alignment shop I ended up with.

They swaybar links are aftermarket too.

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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

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