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92 loyale suspension problems?


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#1 goat

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:57 PM

good day

my 92 loyale feels unsteady/whishy washy

not like steering wheel play or drift

more like it feels like it wants to slide out while cornering
(and not under hard acceleration either)

sorry l cant give a better description, it's my ladys car so l dont have much first hand experience

she says it feels less bouncy/handles better when in 4wd....

l dont know anything about suspension

so
how do l go about checking/troubleshooting

thanks in advance
goat

#2 man on the moon

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:52 PM

Before you spend time and a dime on the suspension, check your tires. Are they worn down? Worn evenly? No odd, rough, uneven, bumps, some more/less worn than the others? Are any worn unevenly?

It could be suspension, but a walk around with eyeballs--or even a quick alignment at a shop (about $50-$90) will rule this out before you get into the time of trouble shooting your suspension.

#3 goat

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:39 AM

the tires are fine

old but not unevenly worn.....

l'll take a closer look when l get a chance though
(out of town at the moment)

though l seem to remember my mom complaining of the same thing
(the car was hers until fairly recently)

thanks
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:52 AM

I'd start with the axle nuts make sure they are tight (150ftlbs)
Then. CHeck the front control arms
Make sure all nuts/bolts are tight up there
Do the same for the rear

Jack it up and rotate the wheels and shake them to check the wheel bearings

Jump up and down on the bumpers to check the struts

My wagon had this same problem it was a loose axle nut on my rear wheel.. And a bad wheel bearing in the front.(I've since replaced all 4 wheel bearings.)

Any weird noises? Hummin grinding thunks or clunks?

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:06 AM

When did it start... the roads are pretty crappy all of a sudden around here and a combo of ify tires and running in front wheel drive will definitely give you a noticable change in the handling.

Not that it isn't a suspension issue but start with the simple stuff.

If you need to get under the car your welcome to put it in my garage and get under it... I like the name change BTW.

#6 AKghandi

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:56 PM

Yeah take it to tundrabrats house he will help you get it sorted out.
I didn't reilize you were in AK also..I may have to come over and provide another head to bounce ideas off of

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:34 PM

wheel bearings can be vagie. they an be failing , but are not detected by classical procedure, buty ou get a delayed steering response where the car feels like it turns more one way than the other. The bearings are a-typical from other vehicles, being dual roller bearings in the front versus a hub style or spindle style.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 06:48 PM

thanks ya'll

it's an ongoing problem
(which is what l meant to imply, by mentioning the po had the same problem)

l'll go through the "procedure" 86gl-10trbosdn laid out and report the results....
wont be for a week or so cuz l'm out of town
and my lady isnt very mechanically inclined

tundrabrat thanks for the offer
l'm afraid l'm not who you think l am
and am far away
in california
a garage to work in would be lovely though
oh well

milesfox
teh symptoms you described dont quite match up
but l'll ask about that too

thanks again
goat

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

thanks ya'll

it's an ongoing problem
(which is what l meant to imply, by mentioning the po had the same problem)

l'll go through the "procedure" 86gl-10trbosdn laid out and report the results....
wont be for a week or so cuz l'm out of town
and my lady isnt very mechanically inclined

tundrabrat thanks for the offer
l'm afraid l'm not who you think l am
and am far away
in california
a garage to work in would be lovely though
oh well

milesfox
teh symptoms you described dont quite match up
but l'll ask about that too

thanks again
goat


Yea... figured that out afterwards... Well, if you're ever in AK. lol




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