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Ball Joint replacement 2000 F350 Sd

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I am replacing both sides upper and lower ball joints. Should I purchase the camber sleeves or can I replace the ball joints and take it to Ford and let them do that during alignment.

Ford told me they need to do the job so they can figure out which adjustments I need, I want to save a ton of money and do it myself. Ford also mentioned they don't know what adjustments I need until after they replace them. I want to replace them and take the truck in. Can this be done myself then drive the truck in?

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Unless your truck was seriously out of alignment, you should be able to replace the ball joints without disturbing the camber sleeves and just drive the truck and not worry about alignment. If you are really concerned about it, after you replace the ball joints have an alignment shop check it for you. It'll probably be within spec.

The ball joints are concentric. In other words, the center of the joint and taper shaft lines up with the housing that the ball rotates in. That's part of the design, and unless you buy something that was out of spec to start with, it should not change the alignment.

If you replace the camber sleeves, you'll just be guessing which one to use, and will probably guess wrong. The only way to know which sleeves you need is to get the alignment checked.
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