2002 Chevy Camaro steering issues

Tiny
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAMARO
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I have a 2002 camaro Z28. I put 275 40 17 tires on the vehicle. I have had several wheel alignments but the car still pulls and seems to loose control when it hits bumps or while driving on slanted streets.?
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 6:30 AM

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Tiny
ERNEST CLARK
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When you had your alignment done, the shop should've checked your entire suspension, front and back. And there should've been a warranty to go along with it.

Was there? And was the shop a reputable shop, or some guy in his garage?

What immediately comes to mind is you have a worn lower ball joint or control arm bushing.

Jack your car up in the front and grab each wheel One hand on to, the other on the bottom, and try to rock it up and down, then side to side.

If there'e any play in the wheel, you have a bad ball joint.

Then look under the vehicle to the mounting points of your lower control arm. If the bushing looks squished, or missing, that's your problem.

Next time, only take your car to a well established shop, and ask for a warranty slip, which will cover everything they did.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 8:21 AM
Tiny
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The shop was a frame shop and they appear to be reputable. They told me that one of my ball joints had some play but it was nothing severe. Thanks for the advice.
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 8:33 AM
Tiny
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No problem, glad to help.

But I would like to add a little advise. No reputable shop would perform an alignment with out FIRST replacing any and all worn or failed suspension components.

It's impossible to even get an accurate alignment with a worn ball joint.

And once a ball joint begins to fail, you never know when it'll fail completely and send you into a guard rail or ditch!
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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 AT 8:51 AM

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