Uneven tire wear, hard steering, and chattering noise--these are just some of the things that could send any driver into panic mode. The problems seem to be due to some large vehicle part breaking down. However, not all automotive issues are caused by bulky and damaged components. Sometimes, the smallest things--like ball joints--can send a vehicle haywire. It's a good thing we tested the Moog ball joint on our Ford F-350 Super Duty. Here's what we found out.
- OE replacement
- Front/lower location
- Sold individually
- With powdered-metal gusher bearings
- Housing made from alloy steel
- Includes mounting hardware
What we liked
- They're longer lasting than other ball joints from other brands. We've had these Moog ball joints in our vehicle for a while, and we can tell based on our truck's performance that these ball joints are doing their job very well. We don't see any signs of uneven tire wear or hear any loud noises from the underside of our vehicle.
- The ball joints are greasable, and that makes for smoother steering. It's as if we've recently installed the ball joints. Turning at sharp corners is a breeze.
- Installation is not too difficult. We were able to replace all ball joints in our truck in three hours.
- We got these ball joints at half the price of other brands. For the quality they give, we say that these ones from Moog are the most reasonably priced, top-performing ball joints we've ever used on any of our vehicles.
What we didn't like
- The rubber boots were not pre-installed. We've torn a couple of them during the installation. It would have been better if the boots were already attached during manufacturing.
- The ball joints' studs are not long enough. Although not a major design flaw, the short studs were a bit difficult to position. Longer ones would have been easier to work on.
Our final say
Replacing any part of the suspension system is a labor-intensive job. The good thing is that the Moog ball joints that we tested on our F-350 didn't give us too much problem during installation. The minor flaws are almost negligible for a seasoned DIY-er. We highly recommend these ball joints to anyone who wants a cost-effective but efficient solution to suspension problems.