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Old 03-02-2010, 11:38 PM   #1
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When my car is on the interstate and especially when i get about 70-80mph my car seems to sway side to side. It doesnt do it all the time, but when i get on a smooth surface itll happen. It is especially bad in the rain. It gets to the point where i have to slow down to 40-50 or so till it feels comfortable again. Im in need of tires pretty soon so i dont know if this could be the cause. Any ideas, please let me know. and it isnt just the normal sway from a strong wind or something like that.
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you should check your ball joins, alignment, and tires of course. If the tire are wearing uneven it could be alignment.
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When my car is on the interstate and especially when i get about 70-80mph my car seems to sway side to side. It doesnt do it all the time, but when i get on a smooth surface itll happen. It is especially bad in the rain. It gets to the point where i have to slow down to 40-50 or so till it feels comfortable again. Im in need of tires pretty soon so i dont know if this could be the cause. Any ideas, please let me know. and it isnt just the normal sway from a strong wind or something like that.
How many miles on the tires?

Properly inflated?

What brand?

What size tires?

I know when I had drag radials, the car would track itself with the road crown/ruts, esp when I had the tires deflated a bit for traction

Also couldn't hurt to check your sway bar/end links, or your front suspension.. might have something broken or loose.
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I would go ahead and order some good brand tires bfg cooper etc. then while you are having them mounted and balanced have them see if there is anything wrong them have them give you an alignment.
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I agree with the above threads. Most likely seems like an alignment, ball joints, tires issue. My stock Goodyear Eagles are pretty worn down and I noticed a slight sway on the highway, nothing where I have to slow down or feel uncomfortable but I noticed it a couple of times...I think my struts/shocks are pretty worn, probably have to upgrade when I lower the car
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It could be wind.. I would guess tires my Dad's car does that to me every time I drive it and it's always low air. When I check the tires.
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i have toyo tires. 245/45/18 or something like that. they probably have 25000 or so miles. the treadwear is 300, but they look pretty worn. i know its time to rotate them anyways. and they are properly inflated.
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i would be looking at you inner tie rods. i have the same problem. changed the inner tierods and fixed it right up. also check you lower control arm bushings
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i would be looking at you inner tie rods. i have the same problem. changed the inner tierods and fixed it right up. also check you lower control arm bushings
i doubt its the control arm bushings as i had new uppers and lowers installed a year ago.
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i doubt its the control arm bushings as i had new uppers and lowers installed a year ago.
Did you have it aligned after replacing those parts?

If no that possibly explains the tire wear. I know my mechanic told me that they have to be aligned after replacing tie-rod ends. The funny thing is he doesn't have an alignment rack.
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