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Old 06-18-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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My wheels seem to be trying to get away fo each other while im driving.......any thoughts on that?
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:57 PM   #2
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Welcome to GM Forum! I've moved your thread into the Mechanical and Maintenance section so that more people will see it.

Anyway, when was the last time that you had your wheels re-aligned?
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bout 7 months ago, i got new tires, and outer rod ends, felt it was needed...... do you think the inner tie rods could be doing this?
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Here'* a little test: jack up your car so that a front wheel is off the ground.Make sure to use jack stands Grab it at opposite ends of the tire and try to move it back and forth, and up and down. If your tire moves side-to-side, it can be your tie rod ends. If your tire moves up and down, it can be your ball joints. If it moves in both directions, it could also be worn wheel hubs.

Repeat on the other wheel to make sure. If you have a problem on one side, replace both parts.

What mileage is on that Bonneville? Has the car experienced any accidents, potholes, or curb-jumping recently?

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144,748. Yes, potholes, i live in michigan, so the roads are crap.. also, I just noticed my driver side coilspring is broken.......... like 5 to 6 inchs off the top......
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I know how it feels i live in MI to i also love the ''hotpatch'' to go along with the pot holes.i notcied a broken coil on my camaro as well..But the broken spring could definatley cause issues
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if its got 144k id go with two quikstruts and do the whole thing, because it will need aligned anyway, check like mentioned before and do anything found at one time
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A broken coil spring will cause that tire to have negative camber. And that will cause that tire to pull.
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Well, Thanks fro the feedback everyone........ very helpful.....Just ordered 4 wheelhub/bearings, 2 monroe quickstruts, 2 monroe air shocks (and mounts), 4 rotors, pads, inner rod ends, outer rod ends, and 2 new good years......Good thing I've been saving up for that new 4 wheeler....... I'll have to take pics of the progress and post for everyone.........thanks again everone....
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Wow, sounds like you have a major project. We all love to follow the projects. So take lots of pictures.
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