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[*] posted on 5-7-2017 at 08:18 PM
rear suspension issue


I am having an issue with the rear suspension on my 96 Paseo. It seems like every time a hit a good sized bump in the road whether it be on the highway or the streets, the rear end kicks to the side. It kinda reminds you of driving on a country road hitting washboards and breaks the rear end loose lol. I am not sure if its the rear struts or what. Just wondering if anyone else came across this issue. All of the bushings are tight but the rear struts seem a bit saggy/bouncy.

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[*] posted on 5-7-2017 at 09:30 PM


Is the car lowered?
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[*] posted on 5-7-2017 at 09:33 PM


Nope the car has stock suspension



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[*] posted on 5-7-2017 at 10:06 PM


I had that problem when my bushings were worn. An alignment helped a bit but the bushings were the main problem. Also check to see if your rear wheels got any play at all.
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[*] posted on 5-7-2017 at 11:26 PM


This car has a beam axle with a panhard bar, so it does actually move slightly to the side over the vertical travel, this is inherent in the design.

On a good working suspension, you shouldn't feel it. If your struts are shot, replace them, a dramatic bounce will actually allow the tires to lose contact with the road, coupled with the sideways motion can feel like a kick to the side in such a light car.

Make sure your tires aren't over-inflated, it reduces the contact patch and exacerbates the feelings.

Check wheel bearings, the rears are supposed to be checked and adjust at like every 15k miles, which nobody does. It's possible they've got some play, which makes all the motion more intense.

It's usually a stack up of tolerances in worn parts, check it out and see what's not working right and go from there.

The rear has no alignment settings, so don't worry about that right away.
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[*] posted on 6-7-2017 at 12:00 PM


Thanks for the help guys! I checked the rear wheel bearings and the right rear has quite a bit of play in it. I'm gonna tighten it up a little and see if that helps out :thumbup:



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[*] posted on 6-7-2017 at 12:04 PM


And Joe, yes my car actually does lose contact with the road at highway speeds 65-75mph lol. People are probly thinking i got this big engine in it and roasting the tires off :haha:



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[*] posted on 7-7-2017 at 06:36 PM


Well tightening up the wheel bearing a little did the trick. Car has minimal lateral movement now :thumbup: Thanks for help guys i appreciate it!



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