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Default Truck front end wobble at high speeds.

My truck doesn't like to drive faster than 55 or the front end starts to wobble.

I lifted the front end and grabbed the tire at 9pm and 3pm position and tried to push it in and pull it out.

I found the front end to be loose. So I am gonna replace the tie rods to see if that fixes it.
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why not get a buddy to push and pull on the vehicle while you get underneath and see whats actually worn out ? theres usually a lot more than just tie rods that can make your front end loose ,no sense in wasting money changing random parts .
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Couldn't loose ball joints cause a wobble as well?
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Couldn't loose ball joints cause a wobble as well?
Yes, could be the pitman arm, steering box.....a host of issues, the most dangerous IMHO would be the ball joints, very easy to check and if it is, I would park the truck until it's fixed.
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More than likely its the upper and/or the lower ball joints and the tie rod ends..Of course it also depends if its rack and pinion steering or not..
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you should tell us what kind of truck u have
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very easy to check and if it is, I would park the truck until it's fixed.
How do you check for bad ball joints? Do you grab the tire on top and bottom and push and pull, feeling for play? Similar to the way you feel for steering play but just at different positions?
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How do you check for bad ball joints? Do you grab the tire on top and bottom and push and pull, feeling for play? Similar to the way you feel for steering play but just at different positions?
Block the tires, brake on etc.

Jack up one side of the truck so that the wheel clears the ground, cut a 6 X 6 long enough to stand upright from the ground to the end of the lower control arm, ease the jack down to put pressure on the block, not completely down, grab the wheel, have someone watch the top and bottom ball joint, wiggle the tire one hand at 12 o'clock one at 6, you will know within seconds.

Tie Rods, get a pair of channel lock pliers and squeeze the joint, if it moves, it needs to be replaced.

Also depends on the truck, some have king pins which is a different animal, found on Fords etc.

For all it costs, if you are not sure, as with anything get a professional to do it.
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That is a very interesting method! When you say if it moves, are you saying the joint should not compress? Or what kind of movement are you meaning?
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Everyone missed the easy fix. I use to work at a tire place, I have seen cars wobble bad between 50-65mph when the front tires are out of balance. Have that checked first,
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