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Old 02-09-2006, 03:01 PM
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unusual swerving

ive noticed on my 1972 Nova that when i reach a certain speed limit, like around 50 or 60, my car starts to swerve alot. I think its just a loose steering column but i hope its not anything worse. any help would be appreciated. thanx

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Try jacking the front end up, set jack stands under the frame on each side and then try to "jiggle" each of the front wheels. Top to bottom, side to side, movement should be nill if all is well. Just a rough guess, but I'd bet it's the center link, the pitman arm, or a ball joint going south. Front suspension stuff is nothing to horse around with. Get it checked out as quickly as possible. Most local shops to me wouldn't even charge to take a look at it.

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Also, check out the sub-frame bushings, the big rubber ones where the sub-frame bolts to the body. The ones on my '72 Nova were almost completely gone, and a new set made it drive like a totally different car.
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Try jacking the front end up, set jack stands under the frame on each side and then try to "jiggle" each of the front wheels.
In a while, Chet.

Supporting the car under the frame lets the suspension droop. If you get any looseness there it is very very dangerous. Checking it that way usually masks any wear since the suspension parts are at a different angle than normal. The ball joints could be ready to fall apart and you would not know it.

The best way is to put a floor jack under the lower a-frame as close to the tire as possible and raise the tire off the floor so that the suspension is a normal ride height to determine how much wear there is on all front end and steering parts.
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Supporting the car under the frame lets the suspension droop. If you get any looseness there it is very very dangerous. Checking it that way usually masks any wear since the suspension parts are at a different angle than normal. The ball joints could be ready to fall apart and you would not know it.

The best way is to put a floor jack under the lower a-frame as close to the tire as possible and raise the tire off the floor so that the suspension is a normal ride height to determine how much wear there is on all front end and steering parts.

OOPs, I stand corrected. I meant to say under the A arms, but goofed and typed under the frame. Good catch xntrik. Thanks.

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