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Just about rediculous..

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by NoFearDeere, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    I have the '04 F-250 like most know. Truck has 70,000 miles on it now. I know we all snowplow, but damn! This truck eats ball-joints and tie-rods like I eat McDonalds! :dizzy: I had all new ball-joints and rods installed in Nov. 2006 and the truck is in today for round 2 of the same thing. This is about rediculous! I think in about a year a new Dodge is going to be bearing my business logo on its side! I cant complain a whole lot though, the repair shop is going to warranty out the left side ball-joints for free....:rolleyes:

    Does everyone have this problem with Fords or what? I know plowing is hard on this stuff and repairs like this go with the territory but geez!:)
  2. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    dodges have issues also . its part of having a life front axle the weight of the plow is well a lot.

  3. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    As I knock on wood im on my originals with 70,000 miles.

    In your case, it sounds like the mechanic did not install them right? i dunno, 6 months is waay to short of a life. If and when mine go, im going to replace them with the greasable balljoints that are available hoping that will be my last set ill ever have to change.
  4. Snowbrdr360

    Snowbrdr360 Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    My buddy has the same problem with his 05
  5. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    POPO who is doing your work?
  6. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    i like the idea of a new dodge to replace the ford.:D
  7. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    The local MIDAS shop, I went there because my neighbor is the manager and knows his stuff but I was going to take it this time to my actual mechanic until they said "We will warranty the parts and labor for half of the job." :rolleyes:

    I'm still :angry: :angry: about it!
  8. Ggg6

    Ggg6 Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 521

    Where are you located? There are several of us in your area that could point you to a good shop. You got what you paid for at MIDAS.
  9. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Even the older Fords average 30K between major parts replacement. Most of the guys I have talked to with late 80's into the 90's noticed the same thing. My 89's the same way.
    But I do them myself.
    I would not take anything to Midas!!!!!
    I have heard way too many stories of them ripping off people.
    They wanted $90 to align my truck, all they had to do is set the toe in. Your not going to get the camber bushings to move.
  10. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 634

    Are you replacing them with Moog? They are greaseable as the stock and cheaper aftermarkets are not.
  11. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    I'm really starting to wonder that....
  12. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    The 2008's finally have grease fittings in them, should help out alot.
  13. Ole Tower

    Ole Tower Senior Member
    from MAINE
    Messages: 210

    Just about rediculous

    YEH! replacing a DODGE Tranny! every 100,000 miles! thats a Great IDEA!--
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Only a couple of years have tranny problems.:rolleyes:

    ALL trucks can and will have a problem (s) of some sort.
    I prefer a solid axle for plowing over IFS.
  15. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,236

    Personally, I stay away from chain stores for repairs.

    That being said, I have a couple Ford trucks and have had 3 sets of ball joints go, all at varying mileage. So far, I've only replaced all of them once. Get a good set of ball joints that are greaseable, not the same junk Ford installed in the first place.

    Jim, instead of a Dodge, of which I believe you own one, what would you suggest as a replacement truck that won't break down?