[Vwdiesel] Being hit by "Phantom Winds"

James Hansen jhsg at sasktel.net
Sun Jan 21 23:56:21 EST 2007

Rear suspension bushings that locate the rear axle at the front of the 
suspension member. easy replacement. They aren't all the same, model 
specific only, so be sure to order the right ones if yours are bad.

With car in gear and on ground, e-brake off, grab the rear wheel, and 
try to roll it forward and back.  IF it moves perceptibly, you are 
getting rear steer, which really hauls the car around.  you can tell if 
the rubber is pulled away from the outside of the bonded bushing as 
well.  Be sure on installation that you tighten the bolt with the car at 
ride height, not at full extension.  Tightening at full extension is the 
most common reason for premature failure- when you drive over my shitty 
roads, it hammers out faster.

David Cook wrote:
> Sorry, I really couldn't think of a good way to
> subject this...
> This morning while driving home from church, I
> experienced the car suddenly shifting to the side.  It
> feels exactly like being out on the highway and being
> hit by a strong gust of side wind.  
> It isn't like I am being thrown into the other lane,
> but it is most definately noticeable.
> It happens from both ways, doesn't just get "pushed"
> on one side.
> I put it up on a lift and checked out the front end. 
> I cannot find anything loose or wrong looking.  
> The tie rods and ends are practically brand new.  
> Any ideas on what could be going on?
> Thanks,
> David
> David Cook
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