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

Billy Foust

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.

4 Answers

Tom Demyan

Jack the car up on one side and pull the wheel left to right and see where the play is....

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Billy Foust

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

Tom Demyan

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.

John Mccombe

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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