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Old 05-06-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Car Pulls Left Under Acceleration

My 2002 svt has been developing an issue where when I accelerate the car pulls instantly to the left and when I let off the gas it darts back right. Drives straight when it is on cruise , with a rare twitch of the steering occurring randomly. Since this issue began I have checked over the entire front suspension and found my struts worn out, I have since replaced them and the issue is only slightly better. Car was driving fine up until this point, in the last 6 months of my ownership I have done right ball joint, outer tie rod ends on both sides, both wheel bearings, and now new struts. All bushing seem tight , driver ball joint that wasn't replaced feels tight, passenger inner tie-rod is a little loose, I did find a bad sway bar link this weekend and will be replacing it.
Any one have any thoughts on where I should focus on next?



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Old 05-13-2019, 07:35 AM   #2
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Found my issue, lower pinch bolt on the passenger side ball joint came loose, It appears to have wowed out the hole,, Any one know a good source of a knuckle? Are SVT knuckles the same as zx3s?
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Sorry no they are svt specific getting hard to find
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Damn, I'll have to look at it further see just how bad it is. I have the pinch bolt as tight as it can go and the ball joint still has a bit of slop in the knuckle.
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Ford no longer makes/sells the SVT spindle. Best bet is to find someone parting out an SVT in the buy/sell area of the forum or eBay.


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A pr of '05 only spindles work, you'll need to swap out the ball joints for the bigger '05+ ones. Direct bolt on.
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Somebody refresh my memory. IIRC something about more than one balljoint stud size on these to create issues? One bigger than the other? Year model change?

I have myself drilled the hole all the way out to simply use a high grade bolt (7/16" IIRC) with selflocking nut and no threads in knuckle anymore at all. Years ago and car still running fine.
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Somebody refresh my memory. IIRC something about more than one balljoint stud size on these to create issues? One bigger than the other? Year model change?

I have myself drilled the hole all the way out to simply use a high grade bolt (7/16" IIRC) with selflocking nut and no threads in knuckle anymore at all. Years ago and car still running fine.
the '00 - '04 cars came with a ball joint stud that measures 17.5mm (ish). The 2005+ have a 19mm ball joint stud. (just measured on both my old SVT knuckle and the 2005 knuckle I have).

The bolt that holds the ball joint I think are the same for holding in the stud in.
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So, just got back to reading the responses, I haven't had the time to get the car up on jacks recently. I was debating pulling the knuckle off, shaving down the pinch point of the knuckle where the bolt goes through to allow it to grab tighter on the ball joint. If that fails next step was look at swapping spindles or get a properly sized ream and upgrade ball joint size.
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So you have mentioned that you found a "passenger inner tie-rod is a little loose" and not going to do anything about it? Also as a habit you should replace both sides as a set.

Replace both sides of the inner tie rod at the same time. same thing with ball joints, tie rod ends, and bushings.
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