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Struts & more, Part 2
Thanks to everyone for your replys to my first post. Since then I have
given the "Q" (1986 4kcsq 144k miles) a more complete inspection. What
Rear - Seems fairly tight when wheel is raised and shaken. The only
obvious damage was split boots on the tie rod ends. The
subframe bushings looked good (how do you test them?). The diff
housing was leaking on the left side, just enough to attract
dirt but not enough to make it wet. Shocks fail bounce test.
CV boots look sound.
Front - A different story. Car is obviously loose when driven, makes
little noises when small bumps, like curb cuts for driveways,
are encountered & has an occaisional vibration at various
highway speeds. It is loose when you shake a wheel by hand.
Subframe bushings look OK. Stablizer link rod bushings look
bad. CV boots look OK but shafts have rust bubbling under the
paint. Transmission driveshaft seals look fairly good, only
a small amount of dirt attracted to oil seepage. Shocks appear
to be different (different nuts on top of shaft)
The Fix Start with the front. Replace shocks, wheel bearings, control
arm bushings, stabalizer rod bushings, tie rod ends, ball
joints & strut bearings. Will also replace drive shaft flange
seals in transmission. Recondition drive shafts, ie. new boots
& grease, fix rust. Are subframe bushings a common wear item?
Fix the rear later. Any suggestions on evaluating the situation
will be appreciated.