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F 150 4x4

Frontend shaking very bad at 30 to 45 mph i have changed driver side tie rod and drag link have changed wheel bearings i have jaked up front end no exsesive mouvment in wheels the ball joints do not look bad can you help

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  • tntd May 14, 2008

    no one knows

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    car shakes bad when giving it gas at 45 mph but stops when let off the gas

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Not ball joints,

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I would suggest to swap the rear tires to the front and see if that helps.
It could also have a shock absorbers problem as well.

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