Have been chasing front end issues for a few months and am about to go crazy. 99 1500 2wd 5.2 quad cab sport, 175 K, original owner, no wrecks.
Found the referenced tsb and it describes one issue to a tee, however, there seems to be no discussions or solutions anywhere. I thought the issue was fixed after replacing the idler arm, but still have a low level rattle in left front. Have replaced rotors, wheel bearings, both lower ball joints, shocks, pitman arm and gearbox and remaining ball joints/tie rod ends are only 5 years old.
Misdiagnosed the dr side lower ball joint as the initial problem of knocking when wheel turned hard to left. Did not fix problem,
but now get a rattle when hitting bumps esp. wash board road.
Idler arm fixed the left turn knocking immediately.
This weekend decided to replace stabilizer link/bushing and now the left turn knock is back. GRRRRRRR.
Sorry for the big 1st post, but I am really getting sick of crawling around under this truck and hope someone may have a solution.