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Unread 01-29-2014, 09:42 AM   #1
97lerado97
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Will a wheel alignment fix this?

If I am coasting at 35mph hands off the wheel it will drive straight. However on the highway she is all over the road as if all four wheels are going opposite ways. Also I noticed the two top bars in the rear (forgot what you call them)are very rusty and weak. When I bought the jeep the rear sway bar links were broken off..did this damage anything and will a wheel alignment fix my problem? Also when I turn I feel like the front is skipping...axels? Tie rods? Or just get a alignment?


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Unread 01-29-2014, 10:24 AM   #2
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An alignment won't fix old worn out parts. I would start by replacing all 8 of the control arms starting with the lowers first. The arms will come with new bushings. After 15 years the rubber just disintegrates and the axle moves around. It's especially scary at highway speeds. After that you can look at your sway bar bushings, shocks if they are old, ect. The motor mounts and tranny mount are probably rotted as well.

After that I would get an alignment. A good honest shop will test your steering to see if the tie rod ends are worn out or not and tell you to get it fixed before they do the alignment. Doing an alignment on a vehicle with all that stuff worn out won't hold since it just moves around so much.

www.rockauto.com has some good prices. I used Moog stuff when I did mine. Even the cheapest Chinese crap arms with new bushings will make it feel better but they won't last and you will just waste your money doing it again soon. Better to get the higher quality ones even though they are more expensive. It's cheaper in the long run and less headache.


To answer your question, no having the rear sway links off won't hurt anything. Just makes it less stable on road.
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Unread 01-29-2014, 03:09 PM   #3
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sway bar does nothing but tie the body to the axles and help control body roll. If you are trying to race on the highway, it will make a huge different. Other than that, you shouldn't notice any handling issues outside of feeling a lot more top heavy on turns.

As Polka stated, you're going to need to replace those worn parts before you can hope to get any kind of alignment done. If you go too cheap, you more than likely will be doing it again later so you might as well go at least mid grade parts or the best parts from the start.

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Got all eight of my Dorman arms with the clevite bushings already installed for less then $300.00 shipped off RockAuto.
That's one option for ya as a reference point
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