I've tried 3 times but none of the posts stuck. We'll see if I change some words if it will work.
The swivel you are talking about is called a "king pin." Your 1987 F-150 was not built with them. They were used on the F-250 and F-350 in 1987, according to my information (Chilton's manual for 1987 to 1993 F-150, Ford truck message boards, etc. Also could not find king pins listed at auto parts stores for your truck).
King pins are lubricated. If there is no lubrication it is due to neglect from the owner.
"Or do nothing and just work the cost / price equation and watch the working poor stew and be left out of the picture."
Those people could do what the rest of us do. If they choose not to improve themselves there is nothing to be done. You can't make people want to do what it takes. Who expects to buy a house and a car on a minimum wage job? Remedial pay for remedial work.
DEARBORN, Mich., -The new second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will provide 50 lb.-ft. more peak torque compared with the first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, to a segment-best 470 lb.-ft., beating all diesel- and gasoline-powered competitors, including V8 engines with nearly twice the displacement of the EcoBoost V6. Horsepower jumps 10 from the previous version, to 375 hp.
“The 2017 Ford F-150 now delivers the best torque in the segment,” says Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. “This class-leading torque arrives with a transformative 10-speed automatic that improves nearly every aspect of F-150 performance.”
The 3.5-liter EcoBoost in the 2017 F-150 is paired exclusively with the first volume-production 10-speed automatic transmission available to consumers from any automaker.
The more capable powertrain combination will deliver improved acceleration and performance compared with previous six-speed automatic transmissions. The new engine provides better low-end and peak engine performance, ideal for hauling heavy payloads and towing heavy trailers.
The new 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine builds on the success of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine available for the 2016 F-150. The 2.7-liter and first-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines account for approximately 60 percent of F-150 sales.
The Ford F-150 remains the first and only truck in its segment to offer a twin-turbo gasoline engine.
The 2017 Ford F-150 goes on sale this fall.
U-joint is correct. That is short for universal joint.
The swivel section of a tie rod is the tie rod end. Doesn't sound very formal but that's what is it.
Thank you for a very thorough posting of information. We don't usually get all the info like this, and it is very much appreciated.
Here is the only piece of info that was not included and I think it really helps to add perspective:
"Number of vehicles affected: 4,789 vehicles (United States figure)."
Luckily for GM this affects less than 5,000 vehicles. I also read that only 500 Silverados that are part of this recall have actually been delivered to customers, in a Detroit News article.
I wonder who the supplier is on this? These parts are usually under close scrutiny by the vendor. I wonder if they switched suppliers?
I read that article. He quotes a figure of $8,584 a year in operating costs for a car. How preposterous.
I wrote to their corrections department. I spelled out operating costs for a year for my car (gas, insurance, oil changes, and even threw in microfiber towels, wax, and windshield washer fluid). I came up with $2,100. Since my car is a compact car I offered to double all operating costs for larger vehicles, and that is still only $4,200, less than half the figure they use. That means every statement and claim after the author provided the $8,584 figure is baseless and invalid.
I don't expect to hear back from them, I am just letting them know we are paying attention to their scam.
Yeah, I couldn't believe it when I read that gun climbed out of the car by itself, walked all the way back to the cop car, and shot that officer, and then got back into the car it came from and drove off! Who knew guns could drive as well??!!!
Now, the guy that killed that cop, do you believe he will turn in his gun if it is ruled illegal and he is required to turn it in? What law would you pass to keep him from killing again?
So you STILL think you can fool even 1 person into believe your impostor alias is me? Wow, you really are lacking any intelligence at all. Then again, the post you make demonstrates your intellect.......that of a 14 year old. So, that's what we can expect from you....little kid behavior. Good luck with that. I realize that is all you are capable of.
kmehappy is making a claim he won't, and apparently can't, back up. My questioning is giving him an opportunity to show he is not just posting whatever he wants to make up but rather is a reality. His lack of response is equal to admitting he's been busted.
You lack the intellect to comprehend this is why I ask these questions. Since you have so much difficulty I will give you the answer.
He thinks he can stir up distaste for GM be making this post with statements he made up.
Can you comprehend that? Better yet, prove me wrong and provide a source for this information. When you can't do it either it will only confirm my statements.
Now do you understand why you are on ignore? Once again I've wasted a tiny part of my life by bothering with you. That's a poor choice on my part. However, I will check back to see your source of info to substantiate the claim by kmehappy that you support. I am giving you the benefit of the doubt, though I already know what the outcome will be.
The part that connects the inner and outer tie rod ends is the tie rod.
The outer tie rod ends connect to the steering knuckles.
The inner tie rod ends connect to the center link.
The center link is connected to the steering gear box by the pitman arm.
At the other end of the center link is an idler arm, to support the weight of the assembly between it and the idler arm.
This is called a parallel steering system, as opposed to a rack and pinion system.
I was an Auto Tech starting in 1988. I remember doing an oil change on an F-150 with about 16,000 miles on it. The driver side outer tie rod end was wiped out. It was in dangerous condition. I alerted the Service Manager who told the owner. The owner accused me of attempting to rip him off (false claim of a part that needs to be replaced) and told me and the Service Manager that the toe rod ends on that truck were "non-wearing," and Ford had engineered them to never wear out.
This was when the tie rod ends were made with no grease fitting and was claimed to be "permanently lubricated."
We showed the owner his tie rod end. The truck was still on the rack. He was astounded and apologized to both of us. The Service Manager told him the part was still under the factory warranty, and that he was not trying to sell him anything.
Yes, I never had confidence in those "non-wearing" front end parts when they came out. At that time the normally scheduled replacement on tie rod ends and ball joints was 60k to 80k miles. To exceed this is why Ford came out with the non-wearing ones. Their first attempt fell short.
So, you got a typical amount of life out of your tie rod ends. You also had to change your brake pads early, but like I said, these are maintenance items. You state no problems with the drive train or chassis. Just regular maintenance items that are scheduled to be replaced at some point. And you've got almost 400k miles on a "POS." Sounds pretty good.
Do you show these posts to your kids, how you try to impersonate another poster, pretend to be them, and put words in their mouth? The immature things you come up with? I bet your kids are really proud.
What is your source on this? Where can we read about it? If you post a few sentences from the article we can do a search with that and find the article.
In the 1950's there were far fewer gun laws, and it was much easier to get a gun. They were sold in more places like hardware stores. There was less gun violence then, when it was easier to get a gun.
What do you believe is the problem now, with increased gun violence while having far more gun control laws already in place, and it is not as easy to get a gun now compared to the 1950's?
Let's put a gun on a table in front of us and watch what it does. I would love to see an inanimate object get up and do something all on it's own.
Yes, ego really has to be put aside.
At Ford, people (at the executive meeting) used to get grilled for having a problem in their department. That's why everyone said "Everything's great!" Mullaly asked for people to bring a green folder if there were no problems in their department, a yellow folder if they had problems, and a red folder if they had a major issue. At the next meeting all folders were green. Mulally asked them how the company had lost $17 billion and there are no problems? At the following meeting when Mulally asked if anyone had any problems Fields stood up with his red folder (the only one). Mulally stood up and applauded. Most in attendance almost passed out. Mullaly said "Mark has a problem, now let's help him with it." The problem was an issue with the rear hatch on the new Edge about to be introduced. Launch was delayed for a few months while the problem was solved. The vehicle launched with the best quality of any launch ever.
Yup, was quite a time. What a cultural change.
How do you ban guns to criminals, thugs, psychos, etc.? Isn't there a whole list of drugs, like heroin, that is "banned" by being illegal? How's that going?
Law abiding citizens would turn in guns if required and legally required, but the killers won't. That means all their victims will be unarmed. How do those people defend themselves now that you've taken their guns away? How many Police dispatchers will you make listen to people getting killed while calling for the Police?
Do you know a couple weeks ago a man began shooting into a crowd outside a night club in South Carolina and was stopped by a concealed carry permit holder who shot him in the leg? If that man was not there who knows how many people would have been shot?
Huh, people would think you would be more intelligent with all that. Can you apply any of it at all?