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Old 01-21-2005, 10:07 PM
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Swaying Astro Van

What is up with these Astro vans? Every one that I ride in or drive seems super sensitive in the steering and sways with every little wiggle of the wheel. I have installed an antisway bar in the rear with urethane bushings and it made NO diff. I have the monoleaf springs in back. I had it in for an aliagnment and they said the castor camber was a little off but all minor adjustment had been used up and if I wanted it perfect it would take alot more time and money to take things apart and realign. Any ideas?

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Hmmm . . . I had one of those back in the late 80s/early 90s and hauled our church youth group all over California and don't remember that kind of problem. We put 120000mi on it in 3 years with only minor maintenance problems (battery, heater blower, alternator, fuel pump). GM does have a problem with the idler arm on the passenger side of their steering system which may be worn out on your car. Check that for any looseness and replace if necessary. Are your tires properly inflated? Under-inflation would be accentuated on a front heavy car like that and may be the cause of your squishy ride.

Other than that I love the Astro van for a soccer-mom car. It is the only one that rides on a truck chassis and is rear wheel drive instead of the pinkie commie front wheel drive that most other minis use.
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My mother had a safari van (same thing) which I 'tested' for her a couple times and I cant say it was verry loose or leaned alot under hard cornering, it was an 88 and she now has an 89. They both handle pretty well for their size.

A little off topic but I would say that these (safari/astro) are one of the safest mini vans around. My mother survived an almost head-on collision with a 3/4 ton welding truck on the highway (see here) with minor internal injuries. I sure am glad I talked her out of the ranger
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Tbird; that's what the truck chassis brings to the party, a fighting chance to survive!
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My parents have the GMC version, it handled like you describe until I replaced the shocks. It had 90k and the OE's still on it.
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I have a 97 AWD Astro that I use for my business. I dont have any handeling issues....other than that I hate the money pit LOL
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We drove an 88 240,000 miles, then bought a 95 and drove it 200,000 miles. Wife decided she was tired of being a soccor mom, and ended up with a KIA Sorento. Nice enough car, but I wish we had bought another Astro, because you can tow a car trailer with an Astro.
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mine may very possibly go over a couple hundred thousand miles...just been a money pit. In this last year , replace power steering pump, AC Compressor, alternator, brakes ( not just normal wear items either) had to have transfer case rebuilt, tires, fuel pump.
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Swaying and/or Wander

I found that this type problem is related to front tire toe adjustment.
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