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Is this the infamous lower ball joint? Once that rubber gets off it, it will lose grease, eventually become loose, and it will have to be replaced. I just asked related questions

here:

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/124...159903-need-new-front-ball-joints-urgent.html

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http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/118...7-control-arms-need-replaced-ball-joints.html

perhaps it will help you.

When you change oil at places like MIDAS or Firestone, have them look at your front suspension. Firestone will do a suspension check up for $20 without oil change.
 

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Well, after a 1,200 mile trip, the thread on inner side of that wheel is almost gone on my car. So, it's clearly bad and possibly dangerous on my car. The rumor is, one way to check if your ball joint is becoming bad, is to jack up the car, grab your wheel around 6 and 12 o'clock, try shaking it, and see if there is any movement.

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/82-...46-how-check-ball-joint-wear.html#post1345110
 
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