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Old 03-11-2021, 09:05 PM   #1
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Default 03 ion swirves like crazy

Been deeling with this problem after getting the car back on the road. Everything suspension wise in the front end is new, or nearly new.
All new shocks, struts and strut bearings.
It has eibach lowering springs all around and just had an alignment.(No abnormal tire wear so far)
All joints and bushings are tight, I even checked the cradle and engine/trans mounts!
Stearing is tight and doesn't appear to have any play/slop.
Also the car has never been in a collision.
When driving that car it handles normally at slow speeds up to about 40mph or so, after that if you got to lane change the car seems to want to keep turning as of it would keep going unless you check the steering back the other way.
It gets extremely squirrely!
I've gone over every nut and bolt to ensure everything is tight!
The only thing left to replace is possibly the rear axle beam bushings, they don't look bad or anything, I'm just pulling my hair out here!
Any thoughts before I set it in fire?
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Old 03-12-2021, 11:20 AM   #2
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Consider taking it to a trustworthy shop that can put it up on the alignment rack and do a good alignment check/correction.
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

So I ripped the axle beam out of the car (So fun!) And found the rear bushing are completely shot to hell. Can't seem to find any performance options yet. Anyone know of any?
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Old 03-12-2021, 11:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: 03 ion swirves like crazy

I would highly recommend you guys check your axle beam bushings. I was at 2 different salvage yards looking for a near axle beam and all on the ones there were pretty worn out.
I wanted a new axle as mine is pretty rusted, looks like I will be sandblasting and painting it.
Will be putting brand new bushings in.
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Old 03-13-2021, 04:16 PM   #5
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Found a vid on changing these (hard case...rusty car)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0VDc7herrk
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Old 03-14-2021, 09:45 PM   #6
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Thanks for the vid. Already sandblasted the entire axle beam and coated it with por15.
Will be putting some pics up soon. Got a rear swaybar from a cobalt that I'm going to bolt up too.
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Old 03-17-2021, 12:40 PM   #7
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As promised.



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