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Old 08-27-2013, 01:35 AM   #1
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Hi. This a big issue and I'm not planning on fixing it myself, but I do want to know how it works and that parts are called. Here's the deal...

Friday I drove my car 75 miles to the jobsite, and as usual, no problems at all... About noon it started rainy hard and the site turned into mud lake... I got stuck trying to pull it into a garage. Garage has a gravel floor and just before the tires hit gravel, the mud was real deep and my tires sank straight down. I wasn't going more than 5 mph when the car stopped moving forward. The car sat all the way down in the mud resting on the engine and tranny I'm assuming...

This morning the mud was dry so I started it up and hit reverse. After a few tries I got it unstuck and drove it to where is was working. Then I drove it about a mile to get lunch, and a mile back, not noticing a wobble... I don't remember running over a big rock or anything today.

I jump on the highway and get up to speed and I'm like WTF??? The car is shaking worse than my truck which has a bad spline shaft on the steering gearbox and the rubber coming off of the control arm bushings!! I pull off the highway and hit a gas station. I noticed the wobble is coming from the front passenger side and realize the tire is low and there's a lot of dry mud on the rim. So I checked and filled all tires and removed all the mud from the front and back of the rim. When I get back on the highway its wobbling a little less but its still bad...So I pull off at the next off ramp and check out the front suspension. Exerything appears ok to me except there is a LITTLE bit where the sway bar is moving side to side, and there is a rod that connects to the wheel and it has a rubber boot on one end. I think that's my driveshaft. The tires were straight forward but the boot was linked back like it thought the tires were turned. At this point I'm like "I don't know" so I said "F*!# it" and turn the radio up and drive like its my last day on earth. I made it home safe but I gotta figure this out.

The car is a 93' dodge dynasty. 3.0 v6 front wheel drive, automatic transmission.

If that was my driveshaft with the boot on it, do you think it could have bent?
What's underneath that rubber boot? Could IT have bent?
Could I simply have knocked my tires out of alignment?

Also while under the car noticed that the wire that feeds the two rear brakes was rubbing up against the gastank. I'm assuming that's not ok??

Any insight is very appreciated! I like to educate myself before consulting a mechanic. And I educate my customers so they don't get ripped off by other HVAC companies. Let me know what you think. Thanks



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Old 08-27-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Mud caked on the wheels could cause an imbalance. Clean off the mud first and try it.

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Bet he knew that answer because of living up north.
Happens all the from ice building up on the rims.
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The car's 20 years old. Rubber doesn't last forever. It's entirely possible the boot is failing and needs replacing.

Doesn't take much stuck to the wheels/tires to cause an imbalance.

As for wires, most are supposed to be anchored somewhere. Look for where yours were once anchored and reattach them. Wires to suspension items are supposed to have some slack in them to allow for the normal amount of travel. So don't make them any tighter than they need.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:06 AM   #6
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I would be more worried about 20 year old rubber if they are original.

The boot on the half shaft will no affect the wobble but it will wipe out the half shaft and it will need to be replaced.

Look for a thrown wheel weight as well.
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Bet he knew that answer because of living up north.
Happens all the from ice building up on the rims.
Bingo. 99% sure there's nothing wrong with your car,just some dried / cake mud throwing your wheels off balance. Go through a car wash if you can't find it yourself.
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if its caked on like adobe, pressure washer may not even work- may need a chipping hammer......lol
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its possible, in all that ruckus, that you broke a belt in the tire. or lost a wheel weight, and/or mud. or, several other things.
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Ok so I washed off all the mud and the wobble is barely noticeable but its still there. And combined with the misfire and the bad motor mount I discovered today, that's what all the ruckus was about... I also discovered the fan clutch is going out, which is why the auxiliary fan kicks on, hence the reason my heater goes from hot to cold every minute or two...
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What you really discovered is it's time to get rid of that car...
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What you really discovered is it's time to get rid of that car...
Nope, I actually discovered how lucky I am that I paid $400 for it after my truck engine seized, and how much money I saved by getting 30mpg. And it still drives bro so don't be an idiot. I'm gonna ride it til the dam wheels fall off. My truck is almost done anyways
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Nope, I actually discovered how lucky I am that I paid $400 for it after my truck engine seized, and how much money I saved by getting 30mpg. And it still drives bro so don't be an idiot. I'm gonna ride it til the dam wheels fall off. My truck is almost done anyways
People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!
You seized the engine on your last truck,with all that's wrong with your $400 truck it's probably going to wind up costing you over a grand to fix all of it.
Who's the real idiot?
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I'm gonna ride it til the dam wheels fall off.
I dont think youre dumb, or idiotic, and I dont think the other fellow members really meant that personally (right guys??). BUT, why would you want to run /ride a vehicle til the wheels fall off? Wouldnt that be kinda like asking for it?

The wheels should never get to the point of falling off- you dont benefit with that at all. keep the car up. Watch the wheels, the engine, etc. Just cuz you have an older car one shouldnt "drive it into the ground" so one can get his "moneys worth". False concept.
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Aww come on now only one part needs to be replaced. The one connecting the number plates.

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