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Title says it all. There is a small hole you can barely see where grease has escaped. This is the driver's side. Passenger side is the same way. Notice a little clunking when turn and hitting mild bumps. Should the ball joint normally be more rounded or are they usually this shaped. Never really had to deal with them on a vehicle before.

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I would not say it is bad based on just the visual evidence. Have you tried adjusting the steering box as described in the tech articles? Could fix a lot of slop/clunk there.
 

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With the weight of the vehicle on the ground bush/pull the top of the tire for slop... Clunking usually stems from upper A arm bushings or the upper ball joints. The bottom one is always preloaded with the force of the torsion bars. If the top feels tight (no movement ) jack up as close to the wheel as possible then shake again. This will make it possible for the bottom ball joint to be unloaded. Loose wheel bearings can give alot of the above symptoms aswell...
 

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some manufacturers have a weep hole on the ball joint seal to allow excess grease to escape so that is normal. Check the joint itself for any movement (up and down, laterally) if it has any play, then replace it.
 

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Thanks for the info... will wiggle the wheel around this weekend for play. And yes, the boots are split on both axles... haven't had the time or patience to tackle those yet.
 
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