Submitted by Name: John From: North Carolina E-mail: Contact
Comments: My 15 y.o. son and I did ball joints on both sides of my F350 4x4 last weekend. Thanks so much, for the write up! You helped us avoid many pitfalls. I purchased parts through Amazon, so hopefully it got back to you.
Added: February 18, 2015
Submitted by Name: John From: Florida E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thank you for your time and dedication! The information you have provided is invaluable. We have five Powerstrokes from a 2001 to a 2014. Keep up the great work!!
Admin reply: John, - Thanks for taking the time to comment. Glad you find the info useful. - Regards, Jerry
Added: February 13, 2015
Submitted by Name: Jim Mol From: Genesee Township, MI E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks for a superb sight! My daughter, who returning from 2 years in the Peace Corps, wanted a diesel truck so someday she can convert to a waste vegetable oil burner. The only thing we could find in her price range was a 2wd F350, full towing/camper package, with 286000 on it. Rides like a truck, ha Passenger door and slight tailgate rust just starting. I have been using it this winter in Michigan and it runs well enough for her basic transportation needs. Repairs will come up so now she needs to learn how to fix it and your sight will be invaluable. Thanks for taking the time to put up the picts and articles!
Admin reply: Jim, . I appreciate the nice comments.
Added: January 11, 2015
Submitted by Name: jbl3145 From: Florida E-mail: Contact
Comments: What ball joint press did you use in your write up? I need to replace my ball joints but in doing research a lot of the presses I have found seam to be of less quality. Thanks Joe
Admin reply: . Sorry about my delayed response, jbl3145. I am not sure what press I used. I actually rented/borrowed it at Checker Auto Parts.
Added: December 1, 2014
Submitted by Name: LParkins From: idaho E-mail: Contact
Comments: Just used your write up on replacement of the water pump on my 2003 7.3, great stuff! I got to looking around the site a little more and I'm very impressed with the info you've gathered. I will definitely be coming back!
Admin reply: . Thanks, LParkins, please do come back. Glad you found the site useful.
Added: November 14, 2014
Submitted by Name: Scarmandos From: Ishpeming, Michigan E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks putting this very helpful info on the net and available to all.
Admin reply: . Hello Scarmandos,
I am glad you like it. Thank you for posting.
Added: October 28, 2014
Submitted by Name: SpringerPop From: Los Angeles E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks for putting together the quick reference guide to torque specs. I replaced the front shocks today with some KYB MonoMax 565044s, and needed the specs for those bolts, and your chart came up when Googled. Was much quicker than digging through the maintenance manual! Again, THANKS!
Admin reply: . Hi SpringerPop,
Is this THE SpringerPop? Thanks for stopping byand taking the time to post!
Added: October 25, 2014
Submitted by Name: David from colorado From: colorado E-mail: Contact
Comments: The way isolated the leak is I pulled the vacuum lines that run to the hubs and used a vacuum guage to pull about 15 lbs of vacuum. On the drivers side I held pressure and the passenger side I could not get any pressure. Also I turned pump around to make sure the rest of the system was working by turning switch in cab to 4 wheel drive and I have vacuum on both sides. when you say axle seal are you talkig about the knuckle seal. Sorry not real familiar with how that whole system works or where vacuum can leak from. Also just to be proactive I replaced the vacuum lines that run to the hub. This really has not been a big deal I have been doing it manually for about 2 years but I bought new rims for the excursion and my old center caps popped off from the outside and my new ones mount from the back so I thought I should try and tackle this. Thanks for anything you can offer.
Admin reply: . David,
Sorry, yes, I mean the knuckle seal. It could be the outer hub (this is the auto/manual locking hub) o-ring, the yellow o-ring, or the knuckle seal. It could also be the outer hub itself leaking. It looks like you've done great job verifying where the leak is in the knuckle/hub.
Best of luck.
Added: October 24, 2014
Submitted by Name: David From: Colorado E-mail: Contact
Comments: Am currently having issues with the auto hubs on my 2000 excursion. have found passenger side hub not holding vacuum. Do you know if this is just an issue of replacing O rings or do I need a new hub or is there something else where I would lose vacuum in the hub. Also great site very impressive. Thanks.
Admin reply: . Hi David,
It could just be an o-ring. I am curious how you isolated it to the one side. Is just the one side not locking in? If that is the case, I would not suspect a vacuum leak. A vacuum leak would prevent both sides locking up. If you definitively isolated a leak to one side I would bet on an o-ring, but the axle seal is just as likely. Good luck.
Added: October 24, 2014
Submitted by Name: Chip Hess From: Buchanan, MI E-mail: Contact
Comments: Thanks so much for the document on the ball joints. I'm tackling this now on my 2000 Excursion and the details have saved me a ton of time. I didn't need to worry about taking notes because it was so detailed. I appreciate the time you put into this. Thanks again
Admin reply: . Hi Chip,
I am glad the project went well for you and I am glad my info helped!
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