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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-12-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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How to make my '02 handle like new again?

I've got an '02 F150 SuperCab 4x4 4.6L with about 160km on it. The steering and suspension feels loose and sloppy.

I have replaced the left front hub/bearing and both tie-rod ends within the past year or so. What else needs to be done to make it "tighter"? Hope to do this on the cheap...
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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check the ideler arm, steering and suspension, componits are not to have exesive play (ie ball joints,pitman arm,ideler arm, inner & outter tierod ends). shocks are to be changed at 80,000.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-13-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
 
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Gee, at what point do I decide it's time to retire the old truck? There's probably $1500 of parts and labour there. I've got no place to do all this work myself

Thanks for your help.
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1500.00 now or 15,000 for another truck....Only you can make that choice...and you may not need all those parts..shocks you can do in your driveway. It's a difficult choice,,maybe take it into a reputable mechanic and see exactly what has to be fixed, and go from there...best of luck.

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Yeah, I'm having a very tough time making the call. I'd really like to get something newer (perhaps an '06 'Screw with 5.4L) but at the same time, I'd rather not spend the $12-15k to upgrade. I'm really struggling with this decision...
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Sounds like you're slowly talking yourself into a newer one...haha..if you really like your 02, put the $'s into it and keep it till a good deal comes by for a newer one..I had a 97 with the 4.6, super cab and 4x4..i loved that truck..it was mechanically sound..made the mistake of stopping by the Ford dealer in whitehorse to have a look on the lot and left with a 05 scab...so i guess that made the decision for me...but i did like the look of the 04-08 body style better, so that was a factor in the arm twisting decision..

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-14-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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I was just out looking at used trucks tonight... still not sure which way to go. Put $2k into my '02 and make it like new again or buy the newer 'screw. Decisions, decisions.
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If it makes the decision any easier, consider this:

- you know the history of your truck, what it likes and doesn't, and what you feel it needs done

- a new(er) truck is essentially a blank canvas that could be a great move if it's been cared for or a can of worms if it hasn't

In the long run, your heart will tell you what to do...
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-15-2009, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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It doesn't make it any easier

I've had the '02 for just less than 8 years now. Kinda looking forward to something new(er) but at the same time, I could keep driving it for a few more if I spent the $2k.
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$300-450 on parts and a 4hr of work in the driveway, = happy man with a truck he loves, o ya make shure to get it aligment

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