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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-06-2004, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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my car seems to be listing to port

sometimes the car seems lower on the driver side. what could be causing this? i know fendergap on driver side is smaller than the pass. side, but it could just be tire wear. and this is only on the front, the rear is great. no handling woes and no aweful noises?
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Fuel tank location?? I should know this, but I *think* the fuel tank is on the driver's side. If that is the case, the extra weight on that side over the years may be causing the springs to sag...

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the bulk of the fuel tank in in the middle.

sagging springs. heafty driver?




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sometimes the car seems lower on the driver side. what could be causing this? ...
Check if the lefthand springs are broken. My car had the same listing for a little while. I looked underneath, and saw that the springe were broken. Car still handled well, despite the listing to port.

New springs righted the car very well.
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the bulk of the fuel tank in in the middle.

sagging springs. heafty driver?

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lol, i'm not too much on the hefty side i checked and the springs look great, i figured as much since since they're about 1. yrs old sprint springs. could bad shocks be the cause?
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Here's some info I grabbed from the 1994 Service Manual. Read through it, and you'll see that the shocks could be a source of the problem, in addition to possible worn bushings, etc.

Symptom/Condition:
Body Leans

Possible Source:
-Damaged or worn lower suspension arm stabilizer bar insulators .
-Damaged or worn front suspension lower arm strut bushing .

Action:
Go to Pinpoint Test A.

Pinpoint Tests

PINPOINT TEST A: DRIFT LEFT OR RIGHT

A1 CHECK VEHICLE ALIGNMENT
Place vehicle on an alignment rack.
Check vehicle alignment.
Is alignment within specification?
Yes
GO to A2.

No
ADJUST alignment as necessary.

A2 CHECK STEERING LINKAGE
Raise vehicle on hoist. Refer to Section 00-02.
Check steering linkage for indications of excessive wear or damage.
Is there indication of excessive wear or damage?
Yes
SERVICE or REPLACE worn or damaged components as necessary.

No
GO to A3.

A3 CHECK TIRES
Inspect tires for excessive wear or damage.
Are tires excessively worn or damaged?
Yes
REPLACE tires.

No
GO to B1.

PINPOINT TEST B: STEERING WHEEL OFF CENTER

B1 CHECK CLEAR VISION
Place vehicle on alignment rack.
Is clear vision within specifications?
Yes
GO to B2.

No
ADJUST clear vision to specification.

B2 INSPECT STEERING COMPONENTS
Raise vehicle on hoist. Refer to Section 00-02.
Inspect steering components for excessive wear or damage.
Are steering components excessively worn or damaged?
Yes
REPLACE or SERVICE worn components. REFER to Section 11-00 or Section 04-01.

No
GO to C1.

PINPOINT TEST C: TRACKS IMPROPERLY

C1 CHECK CASTER
Place vehicle on alignment rack.
Is caster within specification?
Yes
GO to C2.

No
ALIGN vehicle.

C2 CHECK REAR SUSPENSION
Measure vehicle wheel base and LH and RH.
Compare measurements.
Are measurements the same?
Yes
GO to D1.

No
INSPECT rear suspension components for wear or damage. SERVICE or REPLACE worn or damaged components are required. REFER to Section 04-02.

PINPOINT TEST D: ROUGH RIDE

D1 CHECK FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS
Raise vehicle on hoist. Refer to Section 00-02.
Inspect front shock absorbers for oil leaks or damage.
Are front shock absorbers leaking?
Yes
REPLACE front shock absorbers. REFER to Section 04-01.

No
GO to D2.

D2 CHECK REAR SHOCK ABSORBERS
With vehicle on hoist, inspect rear shock absorber for oil leak or damage.
Are rear shock absorbers leaking?
Yes
REPLACE rear shock absorber. REFER to Section 04-02.

No
Vehicle OK.
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thanks for the info! i did a visual check of all the lower control arm bushing and that tie rod end bushing thing and it looked fine. i'm getting alignment checked soon and new shocks, so hopefully that'll clear it up.
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