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Old 12-20-2008, 04:48 PM   #1
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Suspension & Steering Problems.

I have a problem with my suspension...it squeeks and pops. I think something must be worn out or broken. When I am backing out of a parking lot mostly or whenever I turn my wheel there's a loud pop and isn't always consistent. Also when approaching a stop as the car dips slight forward it squeeks. My friend thought this was worn out ball joints without even inspecting the car. The other thing I've noticed is on my steering wheel...it has an area where the wheel get stuck. I can feel a big gap where it doesn't steer and I can just wobble the wheel without it turning my car. Anyone have recommendations on how to solve these problems. I'd like to fix it myself and only take it in to a professional if I can't fix it. Anyone have suggestions on what to check for, specific areas, test, any input? I can take pics.
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Re: Suspension & Steering Problems.

first thing you need to do is jack up the front of the car to get the front wheels off the ground. then you need to grab the front and back sides of the tire and feel for play in the steering, then grab the top and bottom of the tire and feel for play in the suspension. if you feel play in the steering it's going to be a worn out tie rod end or a worn out rack n pinion, if you feel play in the suspension it's going to be a worn ball joint or worn control arm bushings. also you need to check for worn sway bar bushings and sway bar end links. I have also heard a front pop from the subframe bolts loosening up. once you check these post back and I can help narrow down the problem.
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Re: Suspension & Steering Problems.

Also check pittman arm, idler and wheel bearings.
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Re: Suspension & Steering Problems.

also just see if you notice any worn areas, shinny places, etc where the tire or rim might be rubbing on something.
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Re: Suspension & Steering Problems.

I have noticed a contact spot on my sway bar probably from my wheel rubbing...I think. It's rainy season now in Northern Cali and don't have a garage so I'll wait for the weather to clear up so I can check up on slack as HOTTCOBRA suggested. I am excited to finally fix this thing and will take pictures and maybe video on this case as it progresses, thanks in advance.
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Re: Suspension & Steering Problems.

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Also check pittman arm, idler and wheel bearings.
Except for the fact that a rack and pinion steering set up has no pitman or idler arms.

Sounds to me like your swaybar bushings have worn out and the swaybar is hitting the inside tread of the tires when turning. They're pretty easy to swap out.
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