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'06-'07 Honda Civics rear control arm

'06 - '07 Civics have a TSB to replace existing rear control arms with arms stamped with the letter 'C". The older arms can cause rapid and uneven tire wear. The new arms take out .75 degrees of camber. This can also be achieved with an aftermarket cam bolt.

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drivers side front tire wiggles in and out if you grab onto the top of the tire and push it in and pull out?

replace your control arms (upper)...if it wiggles in and out from north and south, this can cause uneven wear on your tires. ur upper and possibly your lower control arms should fix this.

Oct 21, 2012 | 1997 GMC Jimmy

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We have a 2001 V4 Ford Escape, and while driveing today the seatbelt light began to rapidly flash. The owners manual does not have any indication as to what this means, and the seatbelt for the driver was done up at the time. Is there someplace I can find out what this is indicateing?

There is a TSB to replace chafed wires on the seat belt pretensioners. Most common cause.
Both front seats have to be removed to perform the TSB. It involves replacing the male and female connector to the seat belt buckle pretensioner. In an accident, it fires and temporarily tightens the seat belt to take up slack. I think TSB 05-17-5.

Apr 05, 2011 | 2001 Ford Escape

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The rear wheels on my 1998 528i look like there leaning in on a slight angle.

Not sure what car you have because the title says M3 but the question says 528. Either way, this is actually somewhat normal for this car, but the positive camber gets more pronounced as the rubber suspension bushings get older and more stretched out of shape. Positive camber makes the car corner more solidly, but it does prematurely wear out the inside edge of the rear tires.
You can improve it by replacing the bushings. You can correct it completely by putting on adjustable control arms. Any performance BMW parts website will sell you the adjustable control arms.
Using tires with softer sidewalls will help a little with the uneven wear. A good choice for a 528, but you would not want to use low performance tires on an M3.
I have a matched pair of '97 328s. One has this problem and the other does not. After pricing new bushings and adjustable control arms, I went with the softer sidewall tire option.

Feb 17, 2011 | 1998 BMW M3

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whats the name of the bar going to the wheels on the rear differential on the 2004 lincon navigator

if its round its a stabilizer bar. If stamped out its a control arm or some say a trailing arm

Dec 17, 2010 | Lincoln Navigator Cars & Trucks

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what are rocker arms?

It is not you rocker arms. It is your control arms in the back end. They are more commonly refered to as trailing arms. What happens is the bushings go bad. Nissan accualtly put out a TSB about this issue. Your rear suspension has 4 control arms. Two top, two lower. It is common for the Lower's to go out at around 100,000 to 125,000 they normally run about 115.00 a piece. I would just replace the lower ones. The uppers don't normally go out. The tall tell to this problem is about anything past 25 Mph you suddenly let off the gas it sways. Then you go to excell and it does the same thing. Almost feals like the rear dif is trying to come out from under you. What happens is the bushings go bad so when it has any slack the rear end goes out of allignment. Very easy fix costly if you don't do it yourself.

Feb 26, 2010 | 1996 Nissan Pathfinder

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