If there is play there, it will feel different from turning against the steering. Steering turn feels fluid and smooth, like peanut butter (not chunky). If there is play, it feels like you have to move your tire a little bit before you even start working against that peanut butter. It will often have a clunking noise, too, if it's bad enough.
Tie rods are the cheap and easy replacement, but if you haven't done the upper control arms yet, I think it could be that as well.
I would vote for changing inner and outer tie rod ends and new alignment ...see what the result is before going for control arms. Just having mine done for around $900 at the LR pirates. Would have done it myself but have a schedule crunch. If that does not solve the problem then I would consider replacing lower control arms. LR pirates wanted $3100 including $1500 for parts. If you are mechanically inclined and have a decent set of tools (including a Sawzall!) it is relatively easy if the bolts are not seized. If seized be prepared for cutting.
You can definitely feel a bad tie rod when shaking a wheel at 3&9 even without lifting the truck. It might be something else.
- Wheels alignment
- Old/low-quality tires
- Unbalanced brake rotors
- Upper control arms
- Low quality lower control arms
I have vibrations at 60mph+ speeds, but my LCA bushings are worn out. Tie rods are good
I think it’s very possible it could be my upper control arms. It’s odd because sometimes it will shake but other times it won’t. Is there any specific test or things i could do to confirm it’s the upper control arms? I wouldn’t rather throw money blindly at the situation.