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Bad Ball Joints/Bearings

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by chcav1218, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    I just checked the ball joint and bearings on the truck, (lifted each tire off the ground and checked for play in and out and up and down), and it seems like in the rear I'm getting about 1/8" play up and down, and none in and out, and in the front, I'm getting about 1/8" play in both directions. Is this within the normal range or should I have them looked at in the near future?
     
  2. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    Well they are showing signs of wear,whats the mileage on the truck and how many years of plowing. Its better to live with the devil ya know than the one you dont. So you are aware of it I would put it on your to do list when the winter season is over
     
  3. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Yeh i was thinking of doing it sometime over the summer. It's got around 160k so its gettin up there, but this is its first year plowing
     
  4. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    I would be very concerned with the wheel bearings. Are they the hub&bearing assembly type? If you have anti-lock brakes your sensors are in the bearings, your ABS light comes on and the bearing fails shortly after. I know, it happened to me. Save yourself downtime, lost income and towing charges and fix it right away.
     
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    the ball joints on those chevy's arent too hard. My ford is hard because you have to take the axles out of the front end. I did ball joints in my old chevy 3500. it was a 2000. truck had 245k on it but looked brand new. and it needs ball joints.
     
  6. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    My ABS light hasn't come on but my 4WD light has, maybe this is related?
     
  7. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Does the 4wd light come on when the truck is not in 4wd? On mine the ABS light came on and about 40 miles later the bearing was fried.
     
  8. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    yeh it goes on and off pretty randomly, but its done this for a long time
     
  9. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    the abs light does that in my car. do you hear the bearing making noise when you are driving the truck?
     
  10. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    lol, if it was i dont think i'd be able to hear it over my exhaust. But for some reason I feel like theres some grinding going on back there. I might just be paranoid cus I felt it once know I think its there all the time
     
  11. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    take it apart and check it and if it is shot you will know lol. I changed the front wheel bearing in a grand prix before for a friend and I took it apart and it kinda just fell apart it was so shot lol. I would replace it tho. especially with 160k on it. my guess it is the original.
     
  12. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Yeh I'll take a look at it, I know they're not very difficult to do
     
  13. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    ya the bearings arent. the ball joints you will need a press to get the bearings out and back in.
     
  14. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i can probably borrow the press
     
  15. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Ok, I talked to the parts department at my dealer today. They say I can't just get the upper ball joints, I have to get the entire arm, but when I seach online, I see just upper ball joints available for my truck. WTF? Also, I can't just get bearings from them, I have to order the entire hub at $380 each! If I was to replace all these parts at their prices, plus the rear brakes and rotors that I need, it would be nearly $2500 for a truck I paid $7k for, and thats if I do all the work myself, AND i don't find any other problems along the way (I know, not likely)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!#$^%$&%$
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2009
  16. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    Yes the hub and bearing comes as an assembly. Check online at Rock Auto or Car Parts Wholesale. If you have an Autozone the will price match if you have a printed lower price estimate.
     
  17. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    oh sweet, theres an auto zone right down the street. Do you know what the deal with wth upper ball joint is? Do i need to get the whole arm or can I get just the ball joint?
     
  18. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    According to what I see you can just replace the upper ball joint.
     
  19. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Thats what I thought, idk what this guy at the dealer was talkin about
     
  20. 24v6spd

    24v6spd Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    You should be able to get the hub and bearing assembly for a little over $200.