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Unread 12-21-2013, 10:47 PM   #16
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:08 PM   #17
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Thanks for the heaps of replies, guys, though I'd appreciate it if we could try to keep things on topic a bit for now. I'll crack a brew once I've got this thing pinned down.



It sounds like, perhaps, I should just crawl up under the front of the beast and have her crank the wheel side to side to see if I can spot some play in the components.

I can get a new track bar and/or new sway bar links pretty easily from the parts store, but, as I mentioned before, I'm not inclined to just throw $$ at the thing without knowing for sure what's going on, ya know?

Is it hard to do the control arms on these things? Just glancing at them makes it seems pretty straight forward, but I could be wrong.

Thanks!
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Unread 12-21-2013, 11:13 PM   #18
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A dry steering test (having someone move the wheel while you watch for play) should always be one of the first steps when diagnosing a steering/DW issue.

Throwing parts at it is never good. However, you can pretty much assume that all your bushings are bad if they are stock.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 12:05 AM   #19
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How dare you criticize us for socializing after all the suggestions we gave you!

You won't know what it is until you replace some things. Check both ends of the track bar first, then replace the links regardless. The control arms are simple, two bolts on each one. But do one at a time otherwise the axles/body will shift and it will be a PITA to line everything up again. Use a screw driver/pry bar and try to wiggle the arms back and fourth to check for bushing slop.

As you said, having somebody turn the steering wheel back and fourth is the best way to spot sloppy/broken joints.
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Unread 12-22-2013, 12:34 AM   #20
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another thing to check is the front driveshaft...
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Unread 12-22-2013, 11:06 AM   #21
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another thing to check is the front driveshaft...
Just like tires, a front driveshaft will not cause random vibrations. The front driveshaft bent/unbalanced/etc would cause constant vibration at hwy speeds.
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