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Old 02-06-2012, 02:12 PM   #1
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Car darts at high speed

Has anyone ever had issues with their car darting at any speed above fifty? I can't seem to figure out the problem, I've got new struts, new strut mounts, new bushings. I doubt that it's something installed wrong because it did it before I made these changes.


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by darting, I assume you mean it doesn't want to track straight going down the road? Your description is vague.

ball joint(s) of your lower control arm or tie rods are no good

your alignment is reaaaaallly good (0 toe) in the rear which makes the car follow ruts in the road

or if engine related, throttle position sensor
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It just starts swaying back and forth, but not constantly, it will do it for a little while, then stop. It does get worse with deeper ruts in the road.

I may have a bad ball joint, I'm probably just going to bring it to the dealer and let them check it out. My garage isn't heated and winters in Maine aren't the warmest.
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Rear control arm bushings may be worn or worse, torn. They have an influence on both toe and caster. Needless to say, these aren't things that should vary while driving.
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Have you had the alignment checked??
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Yes, I just had an alignment done yesterday because I had replaced the front control arm bushings and wanted to be safe.
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This is something I think you have to let someone else who is familiar with steering/suspension issues drive the car and make a first hand diagnosis. Doing so via the internet won't be nearly as fast or correct and can result in replacing good parts and fixing nothing.

*moral is, take it to a reputable suspension expert and let them have a look at it.
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Mine was doing the same exact thing, the Sway bar linkage was shot on both sides in the front. also the control arm was loose. there was basically play in the steering, try jacking up one side in the front, and trying to move the wheel side to side like your turning. If you can then something is loose.
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Check inner CV joints , I knw it sounds absurd but my escort did this n I changed evry suspension part but no beter until I found out that they were my inner CV joints that were wacked
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Check inner CV joints , I knw it sounds absurd but my escort did this n I changed evry suspension part but no beter until I found out that they were my inner CV joints that were wacked
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