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Old 12-16-2004, 02:56   #1 (permalink)
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front end problem, NC Fairlane

the long and the short of it, the NC broke down the other day (it had only blown the top radiator hose - but i ovbiously couldnt have driven it 20 or so kms home)and i had to get it towed (flatbed).
anyway, fixed the hose last night , and drove it to work today

ive noticed that its now got a wierd clunk from the front end.
the car also pulls ever so slightly to the left.

i went over a bump and it felt like the left front wheel was trying to fall over.... it felt pretty scary so i pulled over and jacked the car up straight away to inspect.

i cannot find anything that seems out of place or loose or what not

what on earth could the towie have done to my car? i noticed that he strapped the left front wheel to the truck with like seatbelt type tiedowns (the type most trucks have to secure their load) but im unsure if he used any other methods to hold my car in place.....

im sorta scared to drive it, but its my only means of transport so i have to.......
im gonna take to to a suspension place tomorrow and get them to check it out for me, but was wondering if anyone on here had any ideas.
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Re: front end problem, NC Fairlane

Not good mate, get it on a hoist ASAP and give it a good once over.
Are all your wheel nuts tight?


Sounds like the week for Mysterious breakdowns.
At least mines all fixed now, apart from putting it back together.
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Boiling water from hose leak may well have destroyed rubber bushes in anti roll bar or control arm strut (radius rod). Get in there with a pry bar and see what moves.
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Re: front end problem, NC Fairlane

aussie, that sounds about what it could be......sounds to be coming from there abouts...

ive got a mate that works at pedders, i will see if he can check it out for me tomorrow.

im just hoping nothing can fall out .........
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Boiling water from hose leak may well have destroyed rubber bushes in anti roll bar or control arm strut (radius rod). Get in there with a pry bar and see what moves.
Have you got any idea how hot the warter would have to be to do that sort of damage. I wolud be looking at what the tow truck driver did.
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get the wheel on a balancer perhaps... and or maybe get the wheel alignment checked too
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Re: front end problem, NC Fairlane

had it on the hoist at pedders today

needs a bit of work, its all wear and tear stuff.

the clunk is coming from worn (right through) radius rod bushes. - perhaps being on the truck moving back and forth being lashed only by the front wheels was just enough to show the damage....

the biggest thing that was worrying me was that something may have been able to fall out, but now im reassured that cant happen at least.

will get it fixed next week...
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It's common for hot coolany from hose bursts to destroy old bushes; when the heater hose on the firewall fail they also often take out the rubber steering rack mounts. Remember that once the hose goes the engine and then the coolant quickly becomes much hotter than normal.
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