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MOOG® Solves Front End Shimmy in ford hd trucks

The Problem

Front end shimmy is a common problem caused by looseness and/or play in the steering system. The severity of the shimmy may vary from a minor vibration felt in the steering wheel to a dangerous wheel wobble that can cause loss of vehicle control. Under certain driving conditions and especially when driving with a trailer or loaded bed, operators of 2005-2020 Ford F-250 & F-350 and 2005-2016 F-450 & F-550 trucks may experience a shimmy even with no known alignment issues.

A likely cause in these situations may be looseness in the track bar ball joint. To confirm if this is the case, the track bar must be disconnected from the ball joint stud and the stud movement inspected. The stud should swing smoothly from left to right. If the stud catches, binds or quickly releases tension throughout its range of motion, the ball joint should be replaced.

The Solution

K500262 -COPY

The MOOG® Problem Solver® K500421 track bar ball joint is an ideal replacement for OE and OE-style track bar ball joints. For worn track bar ball joint receptacles, use MOOG K500262 track bar ball joint (.006" oversized design). Both parts help reduce shimmy in the steering system by promoting proper function of the track bar and ensuring free movement of the track bar ball joint stud.

Made from premium components, MOOG track bar ball joints deliver long-lasting dependability and performance.


Greasable Design

For easy maintenance and longer life.


Heat Treated Stud

For extra strength and durability.


Patented Pressed in Cover Plate

Seals out debris and minimizes looseness.


Slotted Gusher Bearing

Delivers lubrication to reduce wear.

MOOG K500421 and K500262 Track Bar Ball Joint

Year Make/Model Location
2005-2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD Front at track bar
2005-2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD Front at track bar
2005-2016 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front at track bar
2005-2016 Ford F-550 Super Duty Front at track bar


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