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Old May 13th, 2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default F350 front wheel u-joint issue

I had a shop replace the u-joints at the front wheels of my F350 because I had a pretty good clank clank when turning a sharp corner.

All seemed fine...while the hubs are unlocked. But when I locked up the hubs, the clank clank is still there.

The u-joints are brand new and smooth. What could be wrong?
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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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bearings in the spindles could be shot..or the lockout could be worn..my f350did the same thing..one my lockouts was wasted..besides the wasted ujoints and spindle bearings i had lol
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Old May 13th, 2011, 06:32 PM   #3
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x2 lock out is smoked
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Old May 14th, 2011, 07:23 AM   #4
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Which Warn hubs would you recommend for replacements?

Also, could the bad hub cause any "collateral" damage?
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Old May 14th, 2011, 07:39 AM   #5
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If it is just the lock out no. If it is the wheel bearings then yes.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 08:10 AM   #6
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I would have shared your concerns with the shop so they could have verified that the u joints were indeed bad or they could have kept their eyes open for something else

Id also check the front drive shaft for slop
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The front driveshaft is part of what is worrying me...they replaced the u-joints, then replaced the front driveshaft and NO JOY.

That's why I put a note out here, honestly. They are about to give me a bill for $400 on Monday for the driveshaft and I'm not happy about paying it, especially after doing the u-joints.

If it's just the lock-outs...I can do that work easily enough...but what do I say to them about the driveshaft?

These things can't be that hard to diagnose, can they?
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what year F350.

99 Up are failure prone. they explode internally, or seize and fail to function.
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It is a 2002.

What bothers me is the shop MIGHT have replaced the u-joints and driveshaft when the problem was the lockouts.

Nothing I can do about it now...except find a new shop.
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99 Up are failure prone. they explode internally, or seize and fail to function.
are you talking about wheel bearings?
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are you talking about wheel bearings?
no, lockouts
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are you talking about wheel bearings?
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no, lockouts
Well both are prone to fail
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I had the same issue, but FYI those shitty lockouts are known to fail. They corrode and seize up. Seems like when they changed the axle joints they would have noticed, especially if they've done these series trucks before... they ALL have issues with the lockouts it seems.
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I ordered a set of Warn Premium lockouts today from Amazon. $195 incl. shipping.
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