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Back end swaying

My 96 camaro has a bad tendency to sway at the back end. Also the stick shift vibrates really bad while...what could be the solutions to these problems.

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Your problem is most likely with a wheel bearing, control arm bushing, or a sway bar bushing. The vibration in the stick is caused by, when the rear end sways out, it causes the drive shaft to angle off to the sway side, in turn add pressure to the transmission creating the vibration. If you have jack stands, get the back end up to where the rear tires are off the ground about an inch. If you don't have jack stands, then you will have to jack it up one side at a time. Using a pry bar, or something very sturdy to pry with, place it under the center of the tire and lift up. You shouldn't feel any up and down play. Also, grab the tire, and check for any side to side or up and down play, again, there shouldn't be any. Generally, the bad bearing or bushing will only be on one side, so this method will allow you to narrow down which side it's on. Once you've found which side has the play, then take off the tire and inspect the sway bar, control arms, and wheel bearing to see which is the prob.

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It sounds like the rear suspension system........ Here is a sit where you can order a repaire manual for your specific vehicle if you are intrested in reparing it your self

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I would however, take it in to a quick service center and have them put it up on the rack and have alook underneath, and even get an estimate for repair. You can make a decsion from there. You do not want to have an accident because there is something terribly wrong in the tranny or rear end.

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Check all your bushings back there, one of the bushings could be dry rotted and falling apart. Also check your panhard bar, it's one bar that helps stabilize the rear end.

Another way is to get the back end of the car lifted up but dont lift by the suspension or axel and put it in gear and have a friend look and see what moves/wiggles.

Also check your tranny mounts for dry rott. It's getting to be an old car so these things (rubber bushings) are usually the first to go.

Posted on Aug 20, 2008

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