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Old 05-13-2008, 09:55 AM
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Steering/Suspension problems

Ok, so my steering seems to be loose lately. I have a front upper strut bar that I recently tightened down pretty hard. Could this be making my steering act funny? Is there a way to tighten up the steering linkage that might help my problem?

Also, Ive noticed my ride is a little bumpy lately. I hear some creaking in the rear, like maybe springs/shocks are going out. How do you know if you need new springs/shocks? My suspension is all stock except for the strut bar.
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best bet would be go to a suspension place and have them check it out. i hear some people do free checks. dont know who though
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Have professionals diagnose it. But if its getting excessively bumpy and noisy, then your struts are obviously on the way out. As for the steering, I'm sure someone else here can help you.
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yeah, take it to a place and just ask for a steering and suspension evaluation...i know sears does them before they do alignments(the one i work at anyway)...you may want to think about that too if your steering is loose, see if the alignment is off...
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Loose suspention feel could be a bad outer tie rod. When you brake are you getting any steering wheel osolation?

If so Jack up both front wheels and do a shake down test. Grab the wheel at 9 and 3 oclock and shake it back and fourth. If their is alot of movement have someone shake it and hold the outer tie rod where it meets the hub see if the hub is moving but the outer tie rod isnt. If that is solding lightly shake the wheel back and fourth and hold the inner tie rod if you feel it moving and stoping with a light click your inner tie rod is going bad.

If both are find I would check ball joints and bearing. Grab the wheel at 12 and 6 and shack if the wheel moved back and fourth your lower or upper ball joint could be going bad.

Lastly I would check the bearing

Grab the wheel at all around and shake the wheel. If it moves your bearing is begining to go. It may not be bad enough to make a humming noise but it is starting to go.
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