[Vwdiesel] Shake at a speed + side slide

Dan Sloan dan.sloan at DRAKE.EDU
Mon Aug 20 10:09:21 EDT 2007

I had a similar shake in my 86 Jetta...turned out to be a bad control arm
bushing, which then affected alignment.

-- Dan

-----Original Message-----
From: vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com [mailto:vwdiesel-bounces at vwfans.com] On
Behalf Of Doug Presny
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 8:52 AM
To: vwdiesel at vwfans.com
Subject: [Vwdiesel] Shake at a speed + side slide

Now that my 82 Rabbit car is back on the road (many thanks to all), I am
trying to smooth out the ride.  The first problem is that the rear of
the car has a shake which starts at 51 mph and goes away at 55 mph.  The
alignment folks tell me that these types of things are always problems
with the wheel/rim balance.  The new tires I have were balanced and the
one rim that was bad was replaced.  Are there any other potential causes
folks can think of?  


The second problem is a drift of the whole car that I experience at
higher speeds when I hit a series of bumps.  The car will quickly drift
both to the right or the left which is quite unnerving.  I just replaced
the front struts.  The problem existed before the front struts were
replaced.  I am assuming this problem may be alignment.  Before I have
the car aligned, I wanted to take care of any other problems that might
be contributing.

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