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Suspension What's this delay?

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  1. ssxt

    ssxt Early 1999, HoT SporT, a few mods

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    Suspension Experts please advise: '99 ZX2 has a 'delay' when doing highway-speed lane changes.
    I turn the wheel and it feels like the rear-end takes a split-second to catch-up.
    Car had new front and rear struts, lowering springs, end links, ES R&P bushings, and a recent alignment.
    I had the front end inspected for play and they replaced a ball-joint but no other issues found.

    I drive 2 other cars (SUV included) and this is unique to the ZX2.

    I recently drove an '01 Focus wagon (!) and its steering felt better. And it did it w/the winter snow tires, too... Thanks
  2. Pizzaman5000

    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Maybe a swaybar strap or link is broken on the rear? More of a slow roll than a slide though.
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  3. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I have had that feeling with a couple of my LX 2nd gens; almost like I had failed to properly straighten the steering wheel after a turn. Each time it was because the two rubber support bushing for the rack assembly were getting soft or had smushed out of position. ....and with me looking down at the rack while my wife twisted the steering wheel a quarter turn, I could see the rack was moving left and right.

    Replacing the two rack bushings cured the ghostly feeling.
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  4. Missile99

    Missile99 FEOA Member

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    If the above mentioned bushings aren't worn, then it maybe has to do with something causing it to not return to center fast enough. A fluid change can help let the rack internals work more smoothly if it looks old or foamy. Also, I would check the wheel bearings at all four wheels for play if you don't see any problems around the rear links. One more thing.......make sure the tires are all at good pressures.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    I've been contemplating replacing the rack bushings with poly ones since I had done that on the '03 Mustang I had and it made a considerable difference in tracking stability. I haven't experienced what the OP has but I'd like to be more proactive as the rack bushings were not replaced since they were determined to be in good condition at the time.

    John
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    1993tracer FEOA Member

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    I just replaced mine when the engine was out..along with all wear items. On both the donor and donee car they were squished out a bit in the exact same way. Replace them with a couple of polyurethane bushings from Rock auto.

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