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Old 01-16-2012, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default I need help with weird suspension problem.


Hi all,
I am new to this forum so please be gentle.

I have a 98 Saturn SC-2. For some time now it has been doing a weird shift to the right when I go over bumps. I went to replace the rear struts (195K miles on originals) this W.E. thinking that was the reason but no luck. New struts and the car still moves to the right while hitting bumps. I checked all the bushings and rest of the rear suspension. It all seems tight.

My right rear tire is completely bald and the rears are only about a year (12K miles) old. With the new struts I'll be getting 2 more new tires for the rear and a 4 wheel alignment. Hope this remedies the situation.

Any ideas? Help!
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:29 PM   #2
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Probably need an alignment if its pulling to the right a bit. Oh, and get new tires. That's a good place to start.
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:26 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with my Ion 3 I found the front sway bar links were bad it seems to have helped
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:37 AM   #4
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There is no camber adjustment on the rear of the s cars (2nd gen anyway). Only toe. There is a toe arm in the back that is used for adjustment. Your rear toe may be totally out of whack such that you are "dragging" the tire on a severe angle relative to the tread direction, causing the entire tread surface to build up heat and erode quickly.

My guess is you slammed a pothole and either moved the toe adjustment arm adjustment bolt or you bent the toe adjustment arm,

As for rear bushings, don't try to check the ones on the trailing arms without spares ready --they may crumble off in your hands. Also, check the integrity of the trailing arms where the long rod attaches to the underside of the vehicle and at the other end where it is welded to the larger portion of the trailing arm. In general, any play in the trailing arms translates into the wheel being able to move forwards or backwards within the wheel well since it is what stabilizes the front to rear positioning of the rear hub.
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Old 01-25-2016, 07:41 AM   #5
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oops 4 yr old thread
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Old 06-29-2017, 08:42 AM   #6
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Did problem get fixed?
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