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Old 02-20-2003, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Rear end feels loose and bouncy...

OK, my car has been doing this for a while, before I got to this forum so I kind of just accepted it, but now I am wondering if this is a problem and can I fix it. I have a '97 SE with 100,000 miles on it, now here is the problem.

If I am driving on a curvy road, or an on/off ramp and I hit a depression in the road like a pot hole or a bump, the rear end of the car feels like it leaves the ground and bounces side to side a couple of times, then catches itself. It happened to me again this morning so I decided to put it to the experts here for help.

I had new shocks installed all the way around about 2 years ago. Could my springs be going bad?
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Man, I'd really be thinking struts, even if you put new ones on that recently. You wanna try something cheaper? Get a rear sway bar off an SSEi. It should bolt up. They're larger than the non-sc cars. It'll really take the body roll out, and might pin you back down a bit. Should be cheap from a wrecker. You'll need the bushings and shackles with it, since it'* larger. I'd stll look into those struts though. 2 years? Warranty?
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That blows, I think I'd be looking at warranty service if that is the case. I was hoping that you were gonna say it was the springs so I could get new ones and lower my car in the process. Any chance it is the springs.
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Any chance it is the springs.
No, it sounds like your springs are bouncing just fine.

Your struts are supposed to control rebound over bumps, and it sounds like they are not.
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That'* what'* happening. The struts aren't keeping the rubber on the ground, and you're 'skipping' around a turn.
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Damnit!!!
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Maybe bushings too?
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