Originally Posted by ArmyofOne
Its not nuts, these are heavy trucks and tie-rods and ball joints are all wear items. 17k is a little extreme, but maybe they weren't greased right at the factory. My 09 had tie-rods done at 70k, but they were bad at 50k, I just didn't know it...wasnt something I thought to check. Wait until you have to replace a ball joint out of warranty. They are non serviceable/non replaceable in the 4th gens. The whole control arm(s) have to be changed out.
not really, these are no longer the work trucks of even 10 years ago. everything has been "lightend" up to increase fuel mileage. these are nice home owner trucks. if someone is needing a work truck and are carrying heavy loads, they would be better off stepping up to a 2500.