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Old October 4th, 2006, 08:17 AM
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Something Wrong With The Front End?

Before I take my 94 D-90 into the shop, I would like some ideas of what might be wrong. It uses to track very solidly. 80mph, one hand on the wheel, point it in the right direction and way you go. Now, above 40 mph the front end feels squirrelly/mushy (I know those are not technical terms but I do not know how else to explain it.) Not that it wanders all over the road but it does feel like being hit on the side by a gust of wind but no wind and movement across the road. At about 65 mph, the front wheels get t shaken that is transferred to the steering wheel. I know you cannot divine the problem remotely but any ideas as to the cause will be discussed with the tech. Got questions I will try to answer them.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 08:24 AM
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yeah these sorry ass trucks. lets see I have replaced my tie rod ends aka track rod. that seemed to help. replace steering damper that helped some also, i think more of a band aid. and tightened track rod that helped tighten thigns up also. Could be a number of things i imagine people talk about swivel pins and adjusting them that may also be part of the problem. But the aforementioned seemed to really make the most difference on my machine.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 09:04 AM
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Tie rod ends, drop arm ball joint, panhard rod bushings, tire pressure, rear bushings at A arm and trailing arms, front radius arms bushings and all nusts and bolts for above list. Bent steering components and toe in.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 11:00 AM
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Tie rod ends, drop arm ball joint, panhard rod bushings, tire pressure, rear bushings at A arm and trailing arms, front radius arms bushings and all nusts and bolts for above list. Bent steering components and toe in.
its all there except shocks, wheel bearings, and swivel issues. the ladder two are less likely but if you have a bad shock that can cause things to go funky its an easy one to check and fix.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 11:07 AM
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swivel pins elude me
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Old October 4th, 2006, 11:09 AM
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If it went away quick look at the wheel bearings and the tightness of the lugs.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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I had a problem like that a few years ago... I took it to get the front-end aligned, and that did not solve the problem. My problem was that the control arms/radius arms (front arms) were loose. Once they were tightened up...everything was back to normal.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 03:02 PM
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ball-ends aka tierod-ends probably. check your panhard rod bushings too.

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Old October 4th, 2006, 03:41 PM
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are those easy to replace if you have a shop press? What bushings are the hardest?
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Old October 4th, 2006, 04:33 PM
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If there is play in the steering wheel you can tighten the steering box.
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Old October 4th, 2006, 04:41 PM
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swivel pins elude me
I drove a friends rangie that had bad swivel bearings and it acted really funny on the road. took a long time to figure it out that was the problem.

although very unlikely
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Old October 4th, 2006, 04:51 PM
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Lack of swivel pin preload is a very common problem. It is easy to check and adjust.

Do you have a lift?
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Old October 4th, 2006, 09:34 PM
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In my experience you NEED some kind of press to replace the panhard bushings.. Maybe a big ass vice with the proper drifts would work as an alternative.

yeah, if you can get it up on a lift and unload the front wheels its a bit easier to shake things and see whats loose or going..

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Old October 4th, 2006, 11:51 PM
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Same thing happened to me. Adjsut your Swivel ball preload.
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