Originally posted by roady94:
-You will need to provide more info, but for a start:
Are you certain the car exhibits "yaw", or is this just an assumption? Has someone followed you and noticed the yaw, or "dog-tracking" - back end not following tracks of front end.
its an assumption. I have not verified this with a driver to the rear.
For simplicity's sake, lets just say that the car wanders. In other words the car needs corrections to drive straight. This problem is exacerbated with increased speed.
Also, the suspension is much softer. There is more body roll as well.
Did the beginning of the problem coincide with the 400lbs of wood event?
Not really. This car did some sitting before I got it two years ago, and sat most of the time ive owned it untill recently. The car has been driven on the highways on the weekends from gainesville to orlando, or about a 2 hour trip.
Does it always wander to one side, and have you eliminated road-crown as a contributing factor?
Definately not road crown. This problem is definately new, getting worse, and not road crown.
Are you the only driver of this vehicle?
Have you jacked the front wheels off the ground and checked for "play" in the steering or suspension? Try to wiggle the wheel/tire with hands on top and bottom, as well as front and back. Looseness here could indicate worn steering linkage components, ball joints or wheel bearings.
As soon as this hurricane goes away, its one of the first things I plan on doing. I have a hydraulic jack and two jackstands ready to check for the ball joints and center linkage.
400 pounds of wood in the trunk for a week will not hurt the springs or suspension at all - unless driving style or terrain conditions were excessive enough to compromise the suspension.
Thats good to know. Im glad the 9c1 suspension was good for that weight.
You can get a lot closer to a diagnosis with a jack and about 1/2 hour in the driveway.
I'm reading up on the proper things to check right now. I'd really like to check this problem and get it over with.