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Ford Escort 1.6 1998 front stability problem


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undrin
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Dec 5, 2012, 4:13 PM

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Hello, I have a 1998 Ford Escort 1.6, I recently changed my front tires for winter tires, and shortly after that the car started to steer in one direction or the other when I accelerate and sometimes at high speeds. It used to be fine before. It can be pretty stressful when driving with a lot of cars around you since the chances of hitting someone are quite high.
The tires seem pretty good, so I don't think that's the problem.
Also the steering wheel seems easier to turn (steering is a bit looser), and maybe a bit less stable (although this might be an impression I'm getting due to the fact that the car is a lot less stable). Any clue what could be causing it and if I can check it myself?
Thanks in advance!


(This post was edited by undrin on Dec 5, 2012, 4:14 PM)


zmame
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Dec 6, 2012, 6:38 AM

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Re: Ford Escort 1.6 1998 front stability problem Sign In

I would recommend swapping tires side to side and see if it pulls the other way.. if not then you have a loose components and or/ alignment issues.

Bring it in swap tires side to side and have complete suspension checked


undrin
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Dec 6, 2012, 6:51 AM

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Thanks for the reply, I will do some inspection (although my knowledge is pretty limited, I've been driving for a rather short period of time so cars are still a bit of a blurry subject for me honestly :)) If anyone has any other opinion, I'd love to hear it! :)


Sidom
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Dec 6, 2012, 7:53 PM

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The odds are in the 98% range that Z has nailed this one......swap the tires and if that isn't the problem then post back...

Frt & rear toe are the only factory adjustable angles on this car so if the tires aren't the problem then it gets expensive from there....


undrin
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Dec 7, 2012, 1:42 AM

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Aight, thank you so much for the help, guys, really appreciate it! :)






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