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1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph


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mewhoshops
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Nov 5, 2012, 5:26 PM

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Hi there!

We have a 1996 Ford Escort LX (1.9) manual 5 speed that sways back and forth once we hit 55mph (like laying in a hammock in the wind), but it seems to disappear after 65...not that I drive it that fast with this swaying issue. It scares the life out of me.
We had the rear sway bar links replaced and was told the front ones are fine, but that didn't fix the problem. It does need struts (rear). Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be?

Thanks so much for any help!


nickwarner
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Nov 5, 2012, 5:29 PM

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Re: 1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph Sign In

This needs to be looked at right away by a trained eye who knows what he's looking for. This sounds like a dangerous situation to keep driving around in it.


mewhoshops
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Nov 6, 2012, 7:29 AM

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Re: 1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph Sign In

Thanks for your reply.

Do you have any ideas of what could be causing the swaying? Would bad struts cause this problem? I am just confused why it only does it at the 55-65 mark. My husband feels that it is bad struts and my son thinks it could be a bent aluminum wheel. I would think if it were a bent wheel I would feel that at any speed...Struts maybe it would take higher speed to feel it but then why does it get better after 65.
But I'm not a mechanic so what do I know lol.


(This post was edited by mewhoshops on Nov 6, 2012, 7:30 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 6, 2012, 7:39 AM

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Re: 1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph Sign In

You are calling this "swaying" and struts are also acting shock absorbing. Just push down on known rear end bad struts pushing on rear bumper and it should just go down back up and stop there. You shouldn't be able to get it to continue to bounce up and down so easily ever.

IMO if as simple as a bent wheel causing that much you would notice more at any speed. All the suspension parts involved with wheels must be in good order or things will happen. As Nick said this is a concern about the safety of this vehicle. I can't even say if you should be driving it till this is fixed,

T



mewhoshops
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Nov 12, 2012, 11:54 AM

Post #5 of 6 (1298 views)
Re: 1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph Sign In

I agree completely! My son feels that it could be tie rod ends and possible bearing along with the struts.


Tom Greenleaf
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Nov 12, 2012, 12:50 PM

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Re: 1996 Ford Escort - swaying once hitting 55mph Sign In

Yup, all has to be good. One bad item will make others seem worse. Anything to do with holding the wheels in place matters,

T






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