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    Crazy SVT Poster G04cobra's Avatar
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    Car sways side to side when im driving

    My car will sway randomly as if someone just gave my steering wheel a small jolt or something, kinda hard to explain but it makes me feel like I'm driving like a drunk. I took it to a shop yesterday and they told me it might be the steering rack bushings. I was also told it may be my power steer pump. Are these reasons credible or are there any other culprits? thanks in advance
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    Any suspension work done on the car? I had that issue and installed the MM steering rack bushings and front bump -steer kit and a new 4 wheel bump-steer alignment. Impulse Eng. in Hunt. Beach did the install and alignment, great work, the car tracks much better now. They also installed Bruce's full R. Bushing kit with R. Bumpsteer kit last year. No more wheel Hop, a great mod.

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    Are you maybe feeling any ruts in the roads?We used to have one road here that had huge truck traffic and the road had ruts in that would toss my car around a little.

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    Grooves in the road + wide tires = random pull/sway.

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    Crazy SVT Poster G04cobra's Avatar
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    The suspension is stock, no work whatsoever. It does it at random no matter how the road is but feels exactly as you guys described above as if I hit grooves on the road.

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    Once I switched the rear 275's to 315's, there was a HUGE difference in how the car handled grooves in the road.... once it catches one, it will definitely try to follow it. It's even worse with the solid rear and 345's.

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    it never did it before and i haven't swapped tires, it just started doing this a few days ago.

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    Mine does the same damn thing and it drives me nuts, just had an alignment and it still wanders.


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    Crazy SVT Poster G04cobra's Avatar
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    I thought it was an alignment issue as well, but the guy said it wouldn't do much so he quoted me 180 for new polyurethane steering rack bushings an aligment and labor. Someone also told me it might be the lca bushings or the rack and pinion check ball, I just don't wanna guess and pay for unnecessary repairs.

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    It definitely feels like its coming from the front end and not rear?

    rack bushings are cheap, dont get the urethane get the MM aluminum ones, very easy to install:

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    Crazy SVT Poster G04cobra's Avatar
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    yea its def. from the front end, i cant feel the steering wheel move to one side then the other.

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    Gonna have to get under the car and start checking some things out. Get pics for us if you can. Check out the rack/bushings, steering shaft joint, tie rods ends, maybe struts etc. You said suspension is stock meaning not lowered right?

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    Check the rack bushings, as well as the sway bar bushings. Hubs too, while you're at it.
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    yea everything is stock, haven't cut the springs or anything I'll see if I can snap some pics after work. How hard is it to change those bushings? any special tools required?

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    even stock setup will feel like that on road grooves and changes in basically anything...tramlining right(?)

    otherwise, lift vehicle and try to lift up on wheels with tires still bolted up. bad front wheel bearings on a rear drive car will feel similar.

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    check rear wheel bearings jack car up wiggle wheel from side to side its a common problem

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    Tire air pressure, too much or not enough or too much cross camber, caster, or toe will cause that...
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    Mine does it too... figured it was just the usual mustang bump steer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mitrls10 View Post
    Tire air pressure, too much or not enough or too much cross camber, caster, or toe will cause that...
    +1. Get an alignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray lucca View Post
    any suspension work done on the car? I had that issue and installed the mm steering rack bushings and front bump -steer kit and a new 4 wheel bump-steer alignment. Impulse eng. In hunt. Beach did the install and alignment, great work, the car tracks much better now. They also installed bruce's full r. Bushing kit with r. Bumpsteer kit last year. No more wheel hop, a great mod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingJay View Post
    +1. Get an alignment.
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    sway bar bushing mount broke on the rear of my Tbird and it would sway like that, but more so under some load.

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    take it in and get the bushings checked, same thing happened to me and it kept getting worse, I almost did not make it to the shop before I could not drive it. The whole rack moved back and forth when they got it on the lift. 200 fix, just make sure they order all 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KILRSVT View Post
    hey king jay...is that your new cobra.....look tits
    Thanks! Not new, I bought it like 5 years ago. The wheels are new.

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