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Old 01-17-2007, 11:37 AM
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Car leans to one side

74 pontiac. looking at it from the back, it's got a slight angle to it. Trying to fix it cheaply. Can air shocks fix this? looks like original shocks. any suggestions??

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The lean is caused either by chassis damage or by sagging springs. New front coil springs are lass than $100 from your local NAPA, O'Reilly's or CarQuest parts stores. The rear springs may still be available from GM or a Nova specialty store.
Shocks will not affect the set of a body unless they are damaged in the "UP" position of bottomed out and holding up the car from sagging spring or springs.
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Thanks! It' gotta be sagging springs. You think changing just one in the front would work? I was told awile back it was caused by some fat ***** like myself driving it for the last 30+ years.(leans lower on driver side) I guess the "correct way" is to change all the springs out.
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...Can air shocks fix this? ...
Air shocks with separate lines (not both adjusted from one hose.) could level the back. You still might lean when braking because the front springs may be the problem. This would cause braking to suffer. I say replace the springs first. Jack up the rear with a floor jack in the center. If it sits level when jacked up it is the rear springs. Do the same by jacking the front in the center.
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OK! i'll do that. thanks! called NAPA front springs for $85 (set) that's in my price.
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It definately could be the springs. Possibly the allignment is jacked up a bit, and that could cause it to lean a little to one side also.
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Even if you install 4 new springs it might not sit level if the suspension bushings/ball joints are worn out.
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Swap the springs side to side if the ride height is still in the acepted range.
sounds odd, but it works.
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