I got the truck's front end off of the ground and the right stabilizer link is bad. Also, since nobody responded with the "proper" method of how to check the ball joints, I did what made sense and used a spud bar, wedged between the steering knuckle and the U-Joint to check for play. The Left side was solid, but there was a lot of play (c. 5/16")in the right side. I am not sure how to determine which, or if both, ball joints are bad. I will replace both on GP.
This is not my personal vehicle. It belongs to the company that I work for, but one of my jobs is maintaining the vehicles. This includes oil changes, bearing hub replacement, tune ups, power steering pumps and gear replacement, etc. This is the first ball joint issue.
I know that there is an add-on bracket available for the pitman arm shaft, but it is not in the current budget. That is why I was asking about welding some plate to the bottom of the suspension arms. The stamped steel, as opposed to forged or cast, construction causes a lot of flexing. Any thoughts?
dirtydog ---> Thank you for correcting the thread title.