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2001 Ford Taurus rear end bounces/slips off to side slightly

On the interstate last night when I his a crease/bump in the road I noticed that the rear end of the car was bouncing/slipping out (like on ice or a rear wheel drive car).  I noticed it first on the interstate then it seemed to get worse and worse as the trip continued.  Nothing that I can't controll but not a good feeling when driving down the road with my family aboard.  It seemed to want to slip out to the right side (passenger side) more than the left.  Anyone???

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  • Mike Groseth
    Mike Groseth Mar 09, 2009

    Found out that it is the strut causing this to happen.

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This is most likly a low RR tire. Check the tire pressure first. If that is OK, I would slowly drive to somone qualified to examine the rear suspention to see what might have broken.
good luck

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