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Old 02-05-2015, 08:04 PM   #1
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Should I replace Ball Joints

So I recently my steering wheel shimmys above 50ish mph. Its isn't real harsh, and is just light. I assumed the tires were unbalanced since it happen right after I rotated my tires, but a tires plus employee told me it was my ball joints. After looking under the car the ball joint looks trashed. I tried to get the best picture possible, but it doesn't show up real well sorry. Is the ball joint likely the culprit of the shimmy? If It isn't should I still replace it? Thanks and sorry about the amount of posts I've been making lately. I've been fixing some thing on the mustang that are long overdue.

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It seems trashed. But it depends on how long it's been that way. Rubber is cut and all the grease is likely gone.
It's an easy replacement, then take it in for an alignment.


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Time to go aftermarket man

Especially if you're lowered. Bumpsteer kit does wonders too if your stang is a DD.
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Do you think it is likely the culprit of the shimmy? Also are any ball joints or bumpsteers kits better or worse than the others?

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Old 02-15-2015, 10:02 PM   #5
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Hey man that is an outer tie rod end. It looks like its seen better days. I would replace the tie rods man and obviously take it to another shop to get a diagnostic. Cause that my friend is a tie rod

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Old 02-16-2015, 07:05 AM   #6
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Ok, I'm definitely going to another mechanic. How crucial is it that I replace things like the tie rods Or ball joints? I'm a college student so unfortunately I don't have a huge budget. If it is just going to cause sloppy steering then I will just wait until I can afford to fix it. But if it's a safety risk then I want to obviously fix it asap.

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Old 02-17-2015, 09:51 PM   #7
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The tie rod end can cause mis-alignment and ultimately cause your tires to wear in an uneven way. It is a pretty necessary repair if you don't want to go through eating the price of new front tires every six months....


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Yep outer tie rod. Jack up that side of the car and rock the tire side to side. if there's play, the tie rod needs to be replaced. Play is a quick movement not you moving the tire and steering components. If there is no play the boot might be just ripped. still should be replaced but could wait a bit. replaced b/c no grease = wear= its going to break faster. although tire wear on only a tie rod fault would be small, you never know when it will break. ever see a car with one tire almost off and in a weird direction? thats a broken tie rod that snapped. tie rods are cheap and a good mechanic can change it with out having to do an alignment.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:30 PM   #9
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to check ball joints do the same test as tie rod but rock up and down
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