WHAT THE HECK IS A RADIUS ROD AND DO I CARE IF THEY ARE BENT?

2002 Oldsmobile Alero

Tiny

connie.chaplin

November, 8, 2011 AT 5:05 PM

My mechanic says my radius rods are bent. We're talking about a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero. Recently purchased.

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Tiny

caradiodoc

November, 8, 2011 AT 5:16 PM

Different people use different terminology so I'm not sure which parts he's referring to, but when that part is used on a truck, it holds the lower ball joint in place from moving forward during acceleration and rearward during braking. The position of those ball joints, and the position of the wheels, is critical for proper alignment. That affects handling, pulling to one side, and tire wear. If they are simply bent a little, it might be possible to readjust the alignment to overcome that, ... On cars and trucks that provide adjustments. Yours does not, so to put the alignment back into specifications, bent parts must be replaced.

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