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Old 01-06-2014, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default Rear handeling issues with 2000 LW1 wagon.

I have a 2000 LW1 (wagon) with just a bit over 300,000 miles on it. I have had rear handling problems with it the past year.

Whenever I go over a little bit of ice or snow on the road, my back end is really loose and slides all over the place. Can't really go over 40mph because I'm deathly afraid of putting this car into a spin. It likes to push the car to the right mostly when sliding.

I just replaced the rear struts on it yesterday, simply because they needed it and were cupping my tires pretty bad and thought it would take care of the handling problems. Well, it did not. I did put new tires on it this past summer and probably will do the same this week. I have good tread on them still but maybe the bad struts did a number on them. Plan on putting new tires on the rear again this week.

In a somewhat related issue, every time I go over a bump and/or turn a corner to the right or left I get this loud clunking noise at the same time coming from that same right side in the rear.. Sounds like something is broken or loose back there but can't see or feel anything when I look up under the care. Also when going over railroad tracks the car seems to dog track a bit, not coming down straight but to one side a bit.

I'm wondering if this could be bad bushings in the rear control arm?? Would this affect my handling like I described?
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