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2006 Chevrolet Uplander Wobbling after strut repair


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Digits093
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Dec 27, 2019, 3:20 PM

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So I replaced the strut on the front drivers side due to it bending really bad. (Dont know how else to explain it.) So basically the steering wheel wobbles and the whole van shakes pretty bad. I will not take it to a mechanic because chances are they will try to get me to pay something and I also like to fix stuff myself. Now, I'd like to know what it is, obviously since I'm posting here, or some guesses as to what it could possibly be/most likely. I know most of the time it could be a number of things like a separating tire or loose motor mount or warped rotors. It gets worse when accelerating and braking and the only time I dont really feel it is when above 70, but you can still tell something is shaking. Any help is appreciated. I dont know if you can tell much from the video or not but it's the best I could do. Edit: I dont know how to post a video I could use some help with that as well.


(This post was edited by Digits093 on Dec 27, 2019, 3:22 PM)


Hammer Time
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Dec 27, 2019, 3:28 PM

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You may like to save money and fix things yourself but judging by the results here, you may want to reconsider that.

You have obviously done something very wrong in this installation. It's pretty hard for me to know what without inspecting the car but you may have installed the rotor incorrectly or even pulled the C/V joint apart, which is probably the more likely thing. If that is the case, then you definitely need to take this to a shop for proper diagnosis and repair.



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Digits093
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Dec 27, 2019, 3:31 PM

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The steering wheel wobble existed prior to the strut damage, personally I believe that's partial to the cause of its demise. However the reason I fixed the strut aside from it breaking was in hopes of the wobble going away. I probably should have mentioned that the wobble was pre-existing in my original post and I'm sorry for not doing that. Pre-existing meaning before I changed or took anything off from the vehicle.


Hammer Time
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Dec 27, 2019, 3:35 PM

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OK, you need to explain a lot more about this story.

How did the strut get bent in the first place?

Have you had this inspected for anything else being bent?



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Digits093
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Dec 27, 2019, 3:44 PM

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No I have not had anything inspected on it. The vehicle has not ever been in any type of car accident. The roads around here, particularly my road to my house, have many potholes. Now as far as the strut getting damaged I was thinking it was the hub assembly needing fixed, so when I went to jack up the car to test it (moving the tire) I noticed the strut being bent. My guess is over time the strut started moving and I hit a road transition going over a bridge and that's when the struts final straw was drawn. Once I realized it, I took off the old strut and replaced it with a new one. It is straight and as far as it being installed correctly, no I'm not a mechanic, although it did not seem difficult to remove and replace. I lined everything up, had help and tightened the 3 top nuts and the 2 bottom nuts/bolts. I also attached the small bar that is reattached to the bottom of the strut and the other place (can't remember its name or location but it was where it belonged I do know that.


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Dec 27, 2019, 3:54 PM

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Struts don't just bend from driving. I haven't seen the pothole capable of bending a strut yet. The are other things that will bend from impact long before a strut. It may destroy the insides of a strut but it won't bend it.

If you really did actually have a bent strut, then it would be highly likely caused by side collision to the wheel. Even then, the wheel would likely suffer far more damage than the strut.

You really need to get this into a shop that specializes in suspension and wheel alignment and have it diagnosed correctly. You can make decisions on who will repair it after you know for sure what the problem is.



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Digits093
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Dec 27, 2019, 5:07 PM

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Alrighty. I appreciate your input. I'll be taking it into the shop in a couple days. But as far as I know it's never been in an accident. When I bought it from a dealership as used I asked them and they said it's never been wrecked. The wobble started about a year or so after and I thought it may have just been out of balance and it ended up getting worse over time. Then the strut ordeal happened and now I'm here. Anywhoozle, thanks a bunch.


Hammer Time
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Dec 27, 2019, 5:13 PM

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It could end up being something naturally occurring but we can't diagnose it from here. Once you find out what it is we can advise you further.

Most shops will look at it for free.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 27, 2019, 10:42 PM

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Digits: You've harped on the vehicle hasn't been in an accident apparently meaning not as like with another vehicle, off road into a tree or something type thing? If you could see bent suspension parts on admittedly horrible roads (welcome to my world) that's an accident. Metal doesn't just bend so easily.
Question moves on to what else may have bent if hit hard enough to bend that.


Hey - I just dunno how with the best of pics you could show all possible subsequent damage beyond what you did or if already there the fix brought of prior damage.


Suks - roads are causing the damage.


If still a wobble everything that moves and holds all suspension parts in place becomes possible.
Just FYI that a skilled tech and alignment machine can at least point out items that are "off" spec that are NOT replaceable rather need bending back or unknown how to repair - not all will be seen by eye,


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