Question about 1995 Ford Thunderbird
The bumping noise could well come from a blown shock and the blowouts from contact between tire and body or suspension when bottoming out.
You can do a primitive check of the shocks by 'bouncing' each corner and watching the action that follows; it they rise above static level once then settle to normal, they are still doing something. If they kind of rise and fall several times before stopping, the shocks are at least weak if not blown.
If you've never replaced them since the car was built, they are overdue.
If they are oil-filled, you may see oily stains around the body of the shock, gas filled are sneaky are harder to detect as defective since they leave no residue.
Posted on Oct 05, 2008
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