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ok now on my car when its sitting on level ground the rear wheels are somewhat like this / \ not half as bad, it wasnt like this when i got the car, and ive already put 1600 miles on the car since i got it. what could be wrong, and is it serious,

i have an 89 LX, Automatic, h/b, 1.9 CFi
 

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check the camber, caster, and toe in/out settings, or take it to the shop and have them check it all. Might want to check to see if any suspension stuff is broken or weak too
 

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Is it sagging in the back at all? That symptom is from your camber being off. Thing is, the camber isn't adjustable as far as I know. Possibly on the 1st gens but I don't think so. I would suspect that the struts are blown or the springs are wasted and it's sagging in the back, which makes the wheels look like that. Kinda like a slammed civic with no camber kit, I'm sure you've seen one lol. IIRC the 1st gens are notorious for sagging rear ends, so you might have to replace the struts and/or springs if that is what is causing your problem.
 

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Lol didn't notice that jaymee didn't log out. That last post was me not her :)
 

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James,

That would definitelt be a negative camber issue. The rear camber is not adjustable from factory, but it can be adjusted with an aftermarket kit.

Also, 2nd gens are NOTORIOUS for the rear coil springs breaking! That may cause a slight camber change, as well as some other ride problems. Jack up the rear of the car and check the rear coils...usually the 2nd coil up on the body-side of the car (not the street side). We see these DAILY at work, but of course Ford will not issue a recall or service bulletin. I had to replace mine a few years ago when I installed my Tokicos, haven't been a problem since.
 

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bpletch1 said:
Also, 2nd gens are NOTORIOUS for the rear coil springs breaking! That may cause a slight camber change, as well as some other ride problems. Jack up the rear of the car and check the rear coils...usually the 2nd coil up on the body-side of the car (not the street side). We see these DAILY at work, but of course Ford will not issue a recall or service bulletin.
Is this a problem mostly up north? I've had mine for about 8 years now and various members of my immediate family have had 2 gens as well as friends and to be honest on the board here is the first I have heard of this being a problem. Thus far the main thing I run into is problems peple have after they have cut their springs. Maybe it has something to do with the different climate and salts from the winter? Or, maybe Ford secretly hate you Yankee scum? lol :lol:
 

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GTGirlieGirl said:
Is it sagging in the back at all? the 1st gens are notorious for sagging rear ends, so you might have to replace the struts and/or springs if that is what is causing your problem.
:oops: I couldn't agree more!! :oops:
 

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bpletch1 said:
We see these DAILY at work, but of course Ford will not issue a recall or service bulletin.
A + B + C = X
...if the cost of the recall is greater than the average cost of the court settlement, then we don't do a recall...

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Is this a problem mostly up north? I've had mine for about 8 years now and various members of my immediate family have had 2 gens as well as friends and to be honest on the board here is the first I have heard of this being a problem.
I live in the South (but w/ a Northern climate, heh), and have had the rear springs break. I think they've broken again, as I am having camber issues on the rear passenger side. My H&Rs should arrive next week though.. so I'm not gonna worry about them anymore.

Yes, it is a known issue w/ the escorts. The first time around there was a squeaking sound that let us know it was cracked.
 

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He has a first gen though, so I doubt the spring actually broke. Usually they just get all saggy and worn out.

The #1 reason that the second gen springs always break is because of the rubber coating around the last coil of the springs. Almost every broken one I have seen is because it rusted inside that rubber part and broke. There still is a problem with the rest of the spring as well though, I have seen too many that have just snapped in the middle for no reason as well.
 

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lol beav :)

Did you lift your car and check your sway bar? I know that mine came detached and I'm planning on lifting my ride up and taking some pics because I don't know how to fix it. Anyway, I don't have your exact same problem, but I suggest lifting the car up and checking anyway.
 

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If you suddenly have a major change in camber which is the top if the the tire being in or out - you most likely had the strut mount at the top fail. As these things get bad I have seen guys do all sorts of thigs to keep from replaceing them. it isn't pretty. Jack the car up and remove one of the rear tires. support the car with jack stands. (this is where you can hurt yourself) Now grab the drum and backing plate at the top and the bottom (use both hands) and pull the top while pushing the bottom and see if anything wants to move. Keep in mind this only works with the suspension unsprung. it there is a load on it nothing will move. This will either tell you what to fix, or what not to fix. either way its a good starting point.
 
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