How can I tell if a ball joint, o a tie rod is bad?

Asked by Nov 27, 2013 at 08:58 AM about the 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 2 Dr ST Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When driving, if the truck hits a bump in the road, it will
shimmied real bad.

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Jack the car up on one side and pull the wheel left to right and see where the play is....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcIIHwRJXMc

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Thank you mark. If its not the ball joints or tie rods, is there anything else I need to check?

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Name is Tom, and look for anything that is loose in the suspension, check lug nuts on the wheels to see if they are tight, steering rack, etc.

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make shure it is not the wheel berring as well I had mine do that over a year ago and it was the berring you can do them at home but difficult to do

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