Question about 1996 Ford Windstar
Check the stabilizer links (also known as the sway bar links). They are the parts that go between the stabilizer bar and the strut. You will need to check them with both wheels on the ground. you will be able to move the ends in and out or up and down if they are loose/sloppy. If those are tight than check the lower ball joints.
You can check the ball joints buy jacking up the vehicle. Do not jack under the control arms. Grab the tire at the 3 o'clock position and aggressively push/pull. If you feel any movement than position yourself so that you can safely watch the lower ball joint while you aggressively push or pull on the tire. If you see it moving it is bad.
The inner and outer tie rods could also be sloppy but will require much less force to get them to move. You will be able to put one hand on those parts while you move the tire with the other had.
It is also possibly that the stabilizer bar bushings could be bad also.
The last possibility that I can think of is that the bushings in the lower control arms where the radius arms pass through (the parts that attach to the front of the sub-frame and then bolt to the middle of the lower control arms, are sloppy. Usually you will see the whole tire move back and forth when you brake or accelerate when they are bad.
Posted on Sep 30, 2010
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