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Hey guy's I'm new here and I have a question or two

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Magas_Corada, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Magas_Corada

    Magas_Corada New Member

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    My mom is a owner of a 3rd Gen. 1997 Ford Escort Wagon and today she noticed a slight "wiggle" coming from her car normally during shifting, (Manual Trans) un-even pavement, and bumps. I crawled under her car and had her rock back and forth. Nothing moved too much and there wasn't any bad noises but I noticed this... Curious if it's supposed to me mounted on or if I'm supposed to be able to lift it? Pics are down below.

    I own a 2002 Focus ZX3 and I'm not entirely used to this suspension layout. Help is greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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  2. Awesome90sSpeedStripe

    Awesome90sSpeedStripe New Member

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    My car had the same problem, you need to go to you local autoparts store and get a front swaybar endlink. They're cheap and replace the broken bolt and all that you have in the picture.

    By the way, since the one side is broken, you might want to check the condition of the other side and the rear pair.
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    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    :agree:

    Posted pic looks funny since so much of your existing one is missing.

    Look here to see what it's supposed to look like (new part is obvious).
    https://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=60578
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    Magas_Corada New Member

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    Actually both sides are like that. I don't get much resistance on the sway bar when I lift it up is that bad? Like I said I'm not used to messing with this car and I don't have too many tools at my mom's house as opposed to my dad's. Thanks for posting pics on what it's actually supposed to look like. I'm going to take a look at her rear sway bar endlinks too because she might as well get them all done I suppose.
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    neuspeedescort Moderator Staff Member

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    if you touch the rear you may as well upgrade to a gen2 egt or wagon bar. the gen3 bar is puny.


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    Awesome90sSpeedStripe New Member

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    I don't think the lack of resistance is an issue, mine's really solid after replacing the endlinks, and I almost thought I could just pull it right out it was so loose before. You won't need much for tools, just a few wrenches, I can't recall the size off the top of my head.
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    it's my mom's daily driver guys haha I don' think we will need to do too much to it... but I like where you are going for this!
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    LOWETGT FEOA Member

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    Yup, replace the ends links; rear are likely broken too, if not close to. Endlinks will not cause a wiggle, but will effect the the car's body's roll and suspension response. I would check the tie rods ends, inner and outer and ball joint play. Any movement but rotary is subject for replacement. You could have a bad tire. Try rotating them to the back and see if problem leaves with the tires, then likely bad tire. A shifted belt in a tire can cause wiggles at certain speeds. Depending on description of wiggle, tires could be out-of-balance.

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