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My 98 van bounces when im going 25 to 55 and i dont know y. checked tires struts and berrings.

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Well, how did you check struts. removed them and did a compression stroke test? Front or rear? both? suspension controls ride stability, shocks,struts,springs, bushings,wheel balance. even if parts look good doesnt mean they are. bounce trk from the outside. does it keep bouncing for a few or does it bounce 3 times or less depending on how hard you jumped on the bumper. Im sure you need new struts or shocks if it is bouncy.

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