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Old 04-02-2008, 04:53 PM   #21
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did you get that alignment yet?
no but would that have anything to do with the car sitting slanted in the rear towards the drivers side.. or would it have something to do with the car actually going 4-5 inches down and cutting my tire when i hot a bump or go up hill..?

i really cant afford to pay for things untill i find out the definete cause...

i already have to buy a new tire..
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If this was my car, I would
  • 1. Jack it up high enough to get the wheels off and support the rear suspension at the struts or springs or shocks or whatever you have with jacks stands .. to synthesize the wheels being on the ground.
    2. Take the back wheels off.
    3. Put a straight edge, vertically, on the front surface where the wheels bolt up and note how the straight edge lines up with the top of the wheel well. You may even want to measure from the outside lip to where the top of the straight edge is
If something is bent, worn out, misaligned, the straight edge is going to line up more inboard on the passenger side (that is okay)... and the driver side will be further out, causing some of the rub.

While those wheels are off, you might even want to measure from the rear face mounting surface of the wheel to the rear most edge of the tire and make sure they are both the same. Very remote, but you can eliminate the possibility of wheel offsets not matching.
The pictures are hard to tell, but, yes, I agree one side is lower than the other.
You might have spent all your budget on the 20s and tires, but a trusted alignment shop can check out your suspension and all this other stuff.
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Old 04-02-2008, 06:07 PM   #23
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I agree. You need to pull off the wheels and verify the measurments within each wheel well are the same. If they do some home come back as the same, swap tires. See if it follows a tire, or maybe even goes away? Sure the lugs aren't bent on that side? Maybe they are holding the rim out father than they should? I've had that happen on my old beater truck before.
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It looks like you have a failed shock on the driver side. Check around in there to see if there is anything leaking from the shock. I would do as mentioned above. Take a measurement of the fender well lip to ground on both sides and compare the results. Did the tire guys notice the sag on that side?
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A bad strut won't cause sagging though by itself, looks to me like a combo of a bad strut and a bad / weak spring.
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I agree. I would say it'* a combination of both. Have that strut and spring looked at.
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This made me go out to look at my car and yeah, it'* doing something similar! It'* just not that tilted.
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I went out and measured mine (lip to ground, center of the wheel) and they are both dead on 28 3/8".

I had new struts and springs put on last fall.

How many miles and how old are your struts?
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For reference, given the previous owner'* severe lack of care for this car, I believe it'* a safe bet to say that you should just do all-around strut and spring replacement. Mine need to be replaced, and the car is sagging. I don't think they've been replaced in well over 100K miles. If you get new ones, your car should even out. Mine isn't bad enough to sag so much just yet, but it'* getting there.
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Before you spend your hard earned cash on parts, need to be sure your Bonnie hasn't been clobbered in the rear, causing all this. I experienced this on one of my convertibles. When it was rear ended (previous owner), one corner of the rear was bent DOWN. The body shop didn't get it straight and one corner sags at least an inch. I'm saving up my coins to completely strip it and do it right.

I hope this is not your problem, but it has a lot in common with my old vert. SOMEbody needs to dig in and do some eye-ballling and measuring up under there.
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