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Think its safe to drive with lower ball joint stud ground down?

Old July 3rd, 2019, 8:20 PM
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Hello, I have a odd question, Long story short, lug nuts did not get tightened and it came off down the road, making the truck slide about 35ft on the lower ball joint stud. Luckly everyone was ok.
I ordered parts and am waiting for full front suspension rebuild.

would it be too risky driving like this? or do you think it would be fine?

just wanted some peoples opinions

Thanks for your guys time.


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Old July 3rd, 2019, 8:29 PM
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I can't tell from the photo. Is there any nut left holding the ball joint in place? If so, you can take a punch and pin it in place so it won't back off any.
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Originally Posted by KChevy75 View Post
I can't tell from the photo. Is there any nut left holding the ball joint in place? If so, you can take a punch and pin it in place so it won't back off any.
Hey KChevy,
hard to tell because little remains, you can barely see a piece of the bolt to the left side. Its more or less blended together. Looks like I will need to get a grinder wheel to cut it off.
I would say at least 50% of the bolt is ground off , along with the stud. there is maybe 1/4" of stud remaining .
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After what happened already, I would not take a chance driving it like that.
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one mishap is enough...park it until its fixed.
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