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Re: [Spridgets] Suspension woes

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Subject: Re: [Spridgets] Suspension woes
From: Kitterer Bob <bkitterer@mac.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2008 15:29:20 -0700

How old are the tires?  If they are 6-8 years old they should be  
replace regardless of how well they look, particularly with a long  
road trip in the works.  Today tires will start separating between  
the belt and casing once they reach this age range.  When that is  
happening and you go over an irregular section of road the car will  
squirm significantly.  I just replaced a really good looking set of  
tires for this reason and have seen several other references to this  
problem with tires..Of course if they are new tires I am just running  
off at the mouth.

Bob Kitterer

1960 Austin Healey Sprite (Mk IV in disguise)
1966 Austin Healey Sprite Mk III (Trevor)
2000 Miata Special Edition

On Apr 26, 2008, at 2:45 PM, Leo wrote:

> Front bearing issues are now solved thanks to Peter C.  The problem  
> with the
> excessive play in one wheel was a worn inner hub race.  Changed  
> hubs and
> installed a new bearing.  Now on to the next issue with the front
> suspension.  When I go over ANY  irregularities in the road the car  
> want to
> literally jump around and dart every which way.  The car will not self
> center on steering (i.e. most cars you can let go of the wheel and the
> steering will try to go straight).  All of the suspension bushes,  
> kingpins,
> and tie rod ends are new.  The rack was also rebuilt.  Car now has  
> 68 miles
> on it.  Is something on the suspension too tight and needs to be  
> loosened?
> Rack related? Alignment issues? Trying to get Iris sorted out for  
> the Lake
> of the Ozarks.  Cant wait for the mountain roads <VBG>
> Thanks
> Leo
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