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Stabalizing arm(?) or something broken on both front tires

After getting stuck in a big snow drift, my car shakes badly above 45 mph, something coming to the back side of tire is broken on both sides, trying to find out what it is so I can order parts

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  • mistynrusty Dec 28, 2008

    Right inside the wheel well, behind the tire there is a piece that comes down and moves, behind it it looks like kind of a ball joint where the arm should be attached, someone suggested that it is some sort of stabilizer. The car steers fine and is stable till 45 mph then starts a bump, thump shaking.

  • jetfixr May 11, 2010

    That sounds like the stabilizer bar. It is used to limit the ammount of body roll the car experiences in a turn. See if it is a long bar that goes across from side to side and connects both of the suspensions together.

    You may have knocked the suspension out of alignment and the stabilizer bar was disconnected the whole time. If you hit something hard enough to disconnect the stabilizer bar, you probably bent other parts like the tie rods.You should go to a good garage and get an estimate. they should tell you pretty much what is wrong and give you an estimate before they do anything.



    Sometimes suspension items get into more depth than a novice is able to handle. Some special tools are sometimes required and normally you will still need to get the car aligned after you finish replacing any parts.

  • jetfixr May 11, 2010

    Are you sure something is broken? It might just be a big chunk of snow or ice is stuck inside one of the wheels causing an imbalance. The only thing I can think of close to what you describe are the tie rods and if they were broken, you could not steer. I would look a little closer before I drove anymore.

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Stop driving it now! Have it taken to a garage.

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