Question about Dodge Dakota
Sounds like a bad bushing. Could be the brake strut rods (going from the lower control arm near the tires, up to the front of the frame near the radiator, the bushing is at the front. Or could be bushings on one or both of the control arms.Or it could be as simple as the wheel alignment shims have fallen out.
Best bet is to raise the front end on jackstands and carefully compare left and right sides, looking for any differences in rubber bushings or such where each suspension member attaches to the frame. If it is NOT the control arm that attaches to the coil spring, you can, if you have the tools and the ambition, remove the control arm yourself. The bushings are pressed in, so you can take the control arm to a machine shop (ask your auto parts store where to go) and have them press the new bushings in. You really should do both sides (left and right control arms) at the same time. You will need to get an alignment when you are done.
If you don't have the tools, knowledge, and ambition to do this yourself (it is not terribly complicated but it is difficult, and you have to have the right tools) then take it to a trustworthy repair shop. It's been years since I've had this done, but I'd guess it will cost around $300 for a shop to fix.
Posted on May 30, 2011
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