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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-02-2016, 01:10 AM
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Push them in by hand and they would not return at all.
That's not a critical performance characteristic of a shock, and it's not a recognized or recommended test of shock condition, either. This is Ford's checklist for suspension & steering concerns:
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Visual Inspection Chart - Mechanical
Front wheel bearing(s)
Loose or damaged front or rear suspension components
Loose, damaged or missing suspension fastener(s)
Loose or damaged shackle(s)
Incorrect spring usage
Damaged or sagging spring(s)
Damaged or leaking shock absorber(s)
Worn or damaged suspension bushing(s)
Loose, worn or damaged steering system components
Damaged axle components
Note that shock extension is NOT on the list.

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Shimmy or wheel tramp
Loose wheel nut(s). - TIGHTEN to specification. REFER to Section 204-04 .
Loose front suspension fasteners. - TIGHTEN to specification. REFER to Section 204-01A or Section 204-01B .
Front wheel bearing adjustment. - REFER to Wheel Bearing Inspection in this section.
Wheel or tire concerns. - REFER to Section 204-04 .
Springs. - INSTALL a new spring as necessary. REFER to Section 204-01A , Section 204-01B or Section 204-02 .
Loose, worn or damaged ball joints. - REFER to the Ball Joint Inspection component test in this section.
Loose, worn or damage steering components. - REFER to Section 211-00 .
Front wheel alignment. - ADJUST as necessary.
Note that shocks are NOT on the list.
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Not all people want to take their property in when they are fully capable of doing the service themselves.
No one who is "fully capable" takes his vehicle to someone else for service. He doesn't post questions about it on the internet, either. But even those of us who are ASE certified and have all the necessary tools are occasionally INcapable due to time, physical, or other constraints.

But you don't have the tools, training, experience, or facilities; and neither does your father; so none of that applies to you anyway. Tell him to take his truck to a pro if he wants to save time, money, & headache.


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Steve83, wouldn't insufficient caster amplify any looseness? Last time I had my truck alligned, they told me 2.5 degrees positive caster was factory spec. Well, that may be just fine if my granma was driving the truck, and it needed quick easy steering, but too little caster can result in shopping cart front wheels. I asked them for 3.5 degrees and it steers a wee bit heavier but it is more stable going down texas highways. Anyway, I was thinking I'd add a wheel allignment to your above check list.

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...I was thinking I'd add a wheel allignment to your above check list.
1) It's not "my" list; it's Ford's.
2) If you add alignment to the shimmy checklist, it would be on there twice. You can't add it to the visual inspection list because alignment can't be inspected visually - it requires specialized training & equipment.


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