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Old 05-22-2011, 03:33 PM
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Not exactly sure what it is I have been battling this for a few months now. Here are some of my symptoms:

1: In turns it feels like the brakes are applied slightly
2: I am getting a rattle from my right front wheel, it gets very bad on bad roads. Driving on hwys I don't get the rattle.
3: I looked under my truck yesterday, the bottom ball joint nut was loose, so I tightened it.
4: I have "minor outer wear" on my front two tires.
5: even with new shocks, it feels like the cab has too much shake on bumpy roads

Some details on my truck: 104,000 miles, OEM Balljoints, New Bilsteins Shocks, New Tires, Balanced and roateded, 4x4 stock height, new outer tie rod ends.

Just give some ideas, I think I should replace my ball joints just to do it since they are old. Sway bar links and inner tie rods.
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:36 PM
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I would suggest going to an alignment shop, a shop that always has old cars being worked on, the alignment shop that i use works on old vehicles, desert trucks, & several gov't type vehicles being worked on, the owner is also a member of a couple car clubs.
Good alignment shops will check out your vehicle for free most times, then they give you a list of things they found that could be issues. Then you decide to get it done or take it back home & do it yourself.
The ball joint being loose would be of concern to me, even if you did tighten it up

the shop that i use, they worked on many of the hot rods in the pix
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Not exactly sure what it is I have been battling this for a few months now. Here are some of my symptoms:

1: In turns it feels like the brakes are applied slightly
4: I have "minor outer wear" on my front two tires.

OEM Ball joints, Bilstein Struts, Cooper tires, Balanced and rotated, 4x4 stock height, new sway bar end links.
^^^ This is what applies to me on my 07.

Sullivan, please let me know if you get this figured out. I've also got symptoms #1 and 4. My truck is aligned to factory specs, I think that's part of my problem but I'm glad you made this thread.
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I really think it is my ball joints, pisses me off but oh well. I will be ordering new parts in a few weeks and I will let you know how she drives.
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Thanks man, much appreciated.
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Try appling the brake pedal slightly when you hear it and see if the rattle your hearing goes away .
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The rattle does go away when the brakes applied.
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You may have loose brake pads . Pull the wheels and see if you can move the pads around .
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