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1st gen problem in front end

Discussion in 'Tech & Repair' started by 89GT, Jan 23, 2004.

  1. 89GT

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    Hey guys I need some help here bad, when I get on it at about half throttle and more running through the gears there is like a thumping coming from the right front and its pulling to the right some when im on it when Im not it goes straight. When I get on the brakes hard there is one big thump and the brakes are pulsating like its abs when I get on them too, I can take the passenger side wheel when its in the air and feel play when I go side to side with it but not up and down.
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    Hub Bearing on the right side
    Cv Shaft when I put the clutch in got it from a low miles car
    Outer tie rod ends
    Passenger side inner tie rod end
    It started this after I got it all together from welding everything up about 20 miles after, the new hub bearing has only about 250miles on it. I just cant figure this one out, mechanic says cv shaft but it shouldent have play side to side in the hub.

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    Curtis
  2. sethxtreme

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    curt, from what you said here...this sounds like a motor mount...the pulling i dont know how to describe at all...but what ur saying is symptoms of a bad mount.
  3. 89GT

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    I check all the mounts they look good, I jacked it up found my friend that tightend the tie rod end didnt tighten it enough just got it to where the cotter pin would go though, tightend it down and i can still take the wheel and woble it lugs are all tight it seems like the damn bearing is bad again. Cv shaft is still tight no tears in the boots, the hub isn't wobbling just the splined sleeve that the cv shaft goes through are though.

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    Curtis
  4. PTMD

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    Check the shaft by jacking up both sides in front and take off the tires then put it in gear start it up and watch the shaft spinning. I have one to replace myself.
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    Now it feels like the front end is falling off pulling both ways, feels like lugs are loose but they arnt, cv shaft was fine just the boot had a hole still had grease put a new boot on tons of grease, took it out felt fine, changed the lower control arm on the drivers side ball joint was bad take it out and feels like everything is bad now i dont know what to do im about to just put it in 2nd put a brick on the gas and jump out :evil:.

    Curtis
  6. PTMD

    PTMD FEOA Member

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    The only thing to do is find the problem. Just take it one step at a time and remember ya got yourself a fifteen year old car there. Have someone rock the car and crank the steering while you look and listen, or put it on the stands and carefully use a pry bar here and there and you should find your problem.
  7. 89GT

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    :evil: got it fixed jam nut for the pass tie rod looseded up, lower control arm had to be alot tigher than i was told, took it out drove good, took it out to put gas in it and get some stuff done and i cant go over 35 with out it shaking like its falling apart, and thats on the gas if im not it drives fine :?: any ideas? everything is tight and looks good or is new.

    Curtis
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    Bad ball joint? Maybe your new wheel bearing blew out again? Wheel is bent? Tire our of balance? Did you somehow forget to reconnect the sway bar to the control arm? Axle nut coming off? I suggest checking everything with a bushing/bearing and make sure all is OK as well.

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