[s-cars] Front Suspension setup similarities b/w '95 S6

Rob Shydo rshydo at ithacamechanical.com
Sun Oct 14 17:39:35 PDT 2007

Jim -

First thing I would do is jack it up and lever on some things.  As the 
swaybar is the forward control arms, it usually takes a crowbar between the 
lower control arm and upright to find if the ball joint is bad.  While 
jacked up, you can wiggle the wheels to check wheel bearings and whether or 
not the upper strut mount is loose.  I agree with Cody, the subframe could 
be jiggling, but I have not yet had that happen to one of my cars. Most of 
the 92-95 UrS subframes I've got still had the subframe bushings mostly 
intact.   They have had bad ball joints, loose inner control arm bushings, 
bad swaybar bushings, and crunchy tie rods though.

Can you at least get it jacked up and wiggle things around?


> Hey all,
> Patient: '95 S6 avant w/ 65K.
> I'm experiencing a bit of a random "clunk" in my front end when turning, 
> and backing up.  Also a bit of tramlining.  I have the Bentley set for the 
> 200, but not the S6.  My question is, before I start messing around down 
> under to see what is going on, how similar are the suspension?  My 
> thoughts are if they are similar enough, then hopefully I can diagnose the 
> problem and fix it using the 200 Bentley as a guide and my 200, and save 
> myself either (1) buying a Bentley set for the S6 (for the time being at 
> least) or (2) a trip to the Stealer/local monkey wrench, neither of which 
> I've got experience with or trust in.  I'm in Northern Montana, lots'a 
> American Iron and Pick 'em ups, very little German steel around these 
> parts.
> Of course, any tips about where to start looking are always welcome, and 
> please not too many abreviations ;-)
> As always, thanks for the support.
> Best regards,
> Jim Fleischer
> '95 S6 avant
> '91 200 TQ
> '83 ur

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