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1996 f-250 ext. cab short box.

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by IA Farmer, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I'm looking at a 96 f-250 ext. cab short box with a 460 V8, I was wondering if anyone plows with a similar truck or if this truck will have any problems plowing. I have heard that the front ball joints go out quickly when plowing is this true? The truck has 113,000 miles on it and 14,000 miles on a new transmission. Any help would be helpful. Thanks Kenny
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    If you can wrench your own truck it's about $150 for all 4 and some shop time to have them pressed out and in. Then you have to service the bearings and hubs ( clean, grease, reassemble ).The U joints may need replaced too
    ( about $75 or so for the 3 ). Keep everything greased.
    I would bet they have never been done on that truck. Fords last a while but plowing will shorten their life. You will get about 300 or more hours of plowing between services of ball joints and U joints.
  3. soutthpaw

    soutthpaw Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    96 F250 repairs

    Hi, I just bought a simmilar truck 2 weeks ago, I am a professional Mechanic and work for John Deere dealer FYI.
    I got a 1996 Ford F250, crewcab, shortbed with a power stroke diesel.
    here is what I had to repair
    **** all four ball joints were shot and it cost $180 for the parts, also if doing it yourself you will need a Ball Joint press, Harbor freight tools carries them for about $40 here is the one I got and it worked fine, it was the only model they had in the store http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=38335
    **** all four tie rods Pretty easy to do you will need a tie rodn sperator for that about $250 for parts
    ****Prior owner had replaced both I beams at some point and also welded a brace from diff housing to left ball joint frame.
    **** new front springs on order $175 for a set from dealer part number FOF4tZ-5310R
    Also in the process of changing out all fluids to full synthetic... Synthetics make a big difference in cold weather also the trans instantly shifted better with mobile one synthetic fluid. (there is a bolt on the torque converter under the flywheel cover to drain that unit. i got about 14.5 quarts out as opposed to just 7 with a filter change and pan drain.

    My truck was owned by a plow co for the last 83,000 miles based on the title, before that I dont know its history, but otherwise it is in good shape with no rust. it has a pro series western plow 8'6" with wings