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Old 11-04-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Default Rear Shocks - bump steer / rear shimmy

Yesterday I noticed an annoying squirliness in the rear at freeway speeds. It seems with only a VERY SLIGHT washboard road, the rear end seems loose and road bumps will bounce it slightly side to side.

I did a search, and the rear shocks are a main area to suspect. I looked under the car and there is some oil film on the outside of the lower portion on each side.

I know the SSEi has the leveling system, but does the SE? Here is my RPO sticker (if that helps):



What is the recommended replacement shock? (I don't want any harsher ride)
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I thought that all SE'* 00+ had the load level?

Does you shocks in the rear have the Rubber bags around them?

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Does you shocks in the rear have the Rubber bags around them?
Yes.
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If thats the case you have load level

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My personal preference are the Monroe shocks. Others like the KYB. Either should be fine.
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also check the shock mounts while you are there... we have seen the mounts break and require replacement..

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I agree. I was the lucky one to first report experiencing that. If the mount has gone, you'll hear quite a clunk or bang from the back end, as the shaft for the shock goes right through the mount.
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I agree. I was the lucky one to first report experiencing that. If the mount has gone, you'll hear quite a clunk or bang from the back end, as the shaft for the shock goes right through the mount.
Thanks! I read about that in my search...

The funny thing about my car is that there is absolutely no other symptom (while driving) other than the rear end squirlyness. No clunks, or anything. And when the road is smooth, it drives solid.

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If thats the case you have load level
With the load level feature, would the rear end be any lower when the car is loaded up? I took a road trip to Seattle a few months ago, and I was surprised to have that problem. I don't remember it did it on a previous trip though. Would the shocks failing allow for more sagging? Is there an air pump somewhere?
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The car would be lower when first loaded without the key on. Once you are key on the system waits a certain amount of time and then adjusts the level accordingly.

The air pump is underneath the car in the rear bumperon the passenger side.
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I get the same squireliness as well. I'm interested in what you figure out is your culprit.
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