[ba] 4ksq Suspension Pop

Mike Veglia msvphoto at pacbell.net
Mon Apr 14 15:00:20 EDT 2003

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In a message dated 4/13/2003 Shayne writes:

<< When my wife bought her '84 4ksq about 6 or 7 years ago, it had a pop in=
suspension when you A) turned the wheel hard left OR hard right then B)
drove the car forward OR backward. I could reproduce the pop as long as I
alternated the direction the wheel was turned and the direction the car was
driven. Make sense??

At the time, I knew the car needed a new suspension. But, there was no time
or $$ to fix the suspension. Since then (about 2 years ago), I have done a
complete front suspension including Delrin subframe and control arm
bushings. The strut bushings were replaced and the CV joints rebuilt.
Inner and outer. About the only thing I did not do was the sway bar
bushings and tie rods. The ball joints were replaced, but right after she
bought the car. So those are a bit aged. Even though the suspension was
rebuilt, the pop stayed. I did not have time to diagnose it as I finished
it about 6 am the day she moved from WA state to the Bay Area. I barely had
enough time to get it aligned.

Today, I spent about 3 hours trying to figure it out. I am stumped. It
sounds just like a subframe pop. It is coming from the right side and it
seems to be down by the control arm. I can't see anything move and I can't
duplicate the pop in the garage. I am stumped. I checked all the bolts for
correct torque.

Anyone have ANY clues at all?? It is getting worse, so I have to figure
this out. I have yet to pay someone to fix a car of mine. I don't want to
start now. >>

When I had my first (then new) 4kq way back when I had a problem that sound=
s like this fixed under warranty. It was the wheel bearing shifting side-to=
-side and the dealer tech repaired it with a combination of new wheel beari=
ng and perhaps a shim. HTH and good luck.

Mike Veglia
Motor Sport Visions Photography

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