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Re: 1994 ford tempo the front end shakes
You should put that bushing kit back in you will bounce a lot with out them not safe to drive I think the kit retails for 14-20 bucks! if the old ones are gone that makes it twice a easy to replace hope this helps
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Could be a bad tire ( or bent rim Have balance checked), ball joint, idler arm, wheel bearing, steering tie rod end or defective rack and pinion unit. Lift vehicle about 1 inch off ground ( do each side independently) Use a pry bar and pry from ground up and down on wheel. Much play? bad ball joint. With both hands, try to move wheel side to side. Much play? could be a tie rod end or bad wheel bearing. Visually check play of steering arm into rack and pinion unit, more than about a half inch play, bad rack and pinion unit. Try to move back and forth with hands top and bottom. Much play? Bad ball joint or wheel bearing, verify visually that it is ball joint moving, else it is the wheel bearing. Manually check for play in each joint in steering control rods from steering knuckle all the way through each rod where there is a joint. Replace the one you find excessive play in. Check mounting studs for sway bar for loose fit, deteriorated rubber bushings or a crack / break in the sway bar. Replace if needed. That's about all I can think of unless it only happens when applying brakes, in which case it could be a warped rotor.
Probably not, but we can't say until it is identified. A very common cause of this in Camrys is that the rear suspension anti-sway bar retainer bushings become worn. See p 95 http://www.turboninjas.com/camry/sa.pdf
If you think the noise is more to the front then maybe a ball joint is worn, possibly the rack end ball joint or tie rod end. Jack the front wheel up on each side in turn, grab the wheel at each side and shake it back and forth as hard as you can. If you hear or feel looseness, the problem is in the steering, as above. Then shake the wheel while holding it at top and bottom. If you feel looseness then, the problem is in the front suspension joints somewhere. Repeat this on the other front wheel. Let it down on the ground, then bounce each front corner up and down as hard as you can (you might have to have a second person with you doing this). If you hear a clunk or feel excessive bounciness, it is the shock absorber strut making noises. When bouncing like this, the car should resist, and not keep bouncing when you let go.
sounds like you need work done. hard to say what is worn out without putting it on a lift and grabbing stuff, but here is what I would check: ball joints (lower and upper, if it has them), tie rod ends, steering gear. While under there, might as well look at bushings, torsion bar links and anything else that can wear out. Let us know if you have more questions.
That is a picture of a Porsche sway bar, but the idea is the same. Make sure all bolts are tight and that one end is not missing the linkage that connects it to the spring/strut. The grinding of the brakes may be the sound of the linkage piece touching the rotor. Sway bar is a logical solution to both issues.
If that doesn't fix the issue, put the front end of the truck on blocks or jack stands and have somebody wiggle the tire up/down and side to side while you inspect the mechanical components underneath. Other things to check may be the ball joints, tie rod ends and suspension bits.
Could be alot of things like worn out bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, radius arm bushings(which is common) you should have this checked out before it gets worse and cost alot more to fix what could be an easy, inexpensive job.
Yes, that rod isn't bad to do, You'll need a ball-joint removal fork for the ball-joint. But after that removing the bolt, releasing the other end is a piece of cake. You will want a friend around for installing the new one. he or she will turn the steering wheel so you can insert the new ball-joint into the frame.