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Old 08-29-2014, 03:36 AM   #1
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hello all. i have one hell of a confusing problem. let me start by saying, i replaced the struts with monroe replacement air struts back in april.

the best way i can explain the problem is that the right rear wheel is wandering. have you ever been on a motorcycle or bicycle, and hit a big crack in the road, or a sudden pavement height change and you feel like the bike is pulling you one way or the other? thats what my car is doing.

whenever i drive over the "snakes" in the road (the tar they put over cracks) my right rear tire yanks me to the right. it also happens when the right rear hits bumps. i have also noticed it sometimes feels like the wheel is wobbling when rolling away from a stoplight. one last issue which may or maynot be related is at highway speeds, even dispite a fresh alignment and balance the car vibrates like all hell. its so bad i cant really tell if its coming from the rear or not.

i did catch this thunking sound that i managed to catch on video, but i cant reproduce it without the full weight on the tire. if i jack it up even a little bit, it goes away. the bearing is fantastic. absolutely no play to speak of.

the right rear strut has always been a tad bit loud. im wondering if that could be it. but could a bad strut be causing this issue? please take a look at the video and tell me what you think guys.


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put the rear wheels on ramps or blocks so the weight is in the same spot and stick your head under and have someone do what you were so you can see. not real familiar with the pa suspension but seems like whatever they use to hold the spindle on is wore out, like bushings are toast and the metal is hitting
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well, the noise was the traction bars. (the ones that come from the center and go over to the wheels) they have a tie rod type ball joint on the end and those were toast. replaced those and the noise is gone. havent test drove it yet. i was too filthy to get in the car. lol
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