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Ball Joints

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Eng63Trk16, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. Eng63Trk16

    Eng63Trk16 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    The ball joints on my 04 F-250 went out at roughly 21,000 miles. I dont have a plow package on my truck, but my truck still handles it good. If i put a spring on the front of my truck would it help the ball joints last longer or would i just be wasting my time. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  2. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    Do you grease your truck after every storm?
  3. Eng63Trk16

    Eng63Trk16 Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    I dont grease them after every storm... but i grease them every 2 to 3000 miles when i change my oil.
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Worn out ball joints are a fact of life with a plow truck. All the front weight is riding on them. Just buy the best ones you can and keep them greased.
    The more miles / hours you put on plowing the quicker they wear out.
  5. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Ditto to what mikrig said----The factory ones don't have grease fittings and some replacement one also--so you will want to check! Ford Dealer will put in ones that don't have fittings!!!!!!!!!! The S/D are brutal on ball joints and tie rod ends no matter if you plow or not! I have a brother-in law with an 02 f250 crew has 18,000 miles and the truck just had them done so your not alone! And this truck was strickly a passenger vehicle.
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I have found the way to get them off my older Ford.
    I take the retainer ring out of the bottom ball joint. I then use a big hammer on the stem of the top one. It drives the spindle off the lower one and the top one out of the axle housing. I use an air cut off to cut the upper ones stem off if I mushroomed it any. Be careful the cut off stem is VERY SHARP! Two or three hits with a hammer on the lower ones stem and it's off.I always replace both joints,it's not worth the $50 or so to re-vist the job in 6 months. I take it to the auto machine shop and they hot tank the spindle and install the new ball joints.The place I use has an old timer that has done thousands of them. While your there check your u-joints if you have an open shaft axle Dana 44/50.