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#61222 - 01/02/03 08:12 AM SUSPENSION--Right side lean found.
bigcars4ever Offline
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Registered: 01/04/01
Posts: 877
My car has been leaning to the right so I finally decided to investigate. I pulled the wheel of and visually inspected the spring and shock along with all the bushings. I noticed the sway bar connecting rod had a torn boot and the lower ball was loose. Otherwise everything was ok. I replaced the tire and used a 2x4 and some help and checked the ball joint. They had no noticable play. I put the car back on the ground and noticed the lean was gone! I pushed on the fender and it was back. By pulling and pushing on the fender I could change its hieght with respect to ground by .75". I concluded that my polyurethane bushings on that side of the car are binding!

But I have a plan. This weekend I will drill into the bushing caseings. Then with an end mill and a hand drill I will clear a small hole through the bushing. Then install grease fittings and force as much grease as I can into the bushing. I hope it works.


Edited by Liquid (01/01/04 11:20 AM)
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#61223 - 01/02/03 10:22 PM Re: Right side lean found.
2vmodular Offline

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Registered: 04/11/01
Posts: 6289
Loc: New England
Defective sway bar bushings should not affect ride height when the vehicle is sitting on a level surface. Perhaps one of your suspension springs has collapsed?

ford part numbers for recent police interceptor suspension springs are avaliable here:

http://www.p71interceptor.com/rearsprings
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#61224 - 01/03/03 10:53 AM Re: Right side lean found.
lifespeed Offline
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Registered: 01/31/02
Posts: 1040
Loc: northern California
This is why I say polyurethane is a poor choice for control arm bushings.
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