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I am hearing a thumping noise at high speeds on the front end of my 2001 Ford Explorer. My ties have about 35,000 miles on them and appear to be in decent shape. And, I just had my shocks replaced.

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The tires(ties?) are probably the problem if they have 35K on them. But the shock absorbers might be weak also.
Have lower and upper ball joints checked . don-ohio (:^)

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