2005 Dodge Dakota rough ride

Tiny
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  • 2005 DODGE DAKOTA
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  • 64,000 MILES
What would be the next thing to check to fix a rough riding dakota? It has new Pa. Inspection stickers (which means universal joint, etc. Is good). We just put new shocks in front and back. It has a new upper control arm and bushings. It still hits every bump really hard, and you are jolted around even the slight imperfections in a road.

The only time it rides smooth is on brand new pavement. It seems to do better uphills than on the level. What could be the problem? Thanks
Sunday, June 13th, 2010 AT 5:31 PM

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Tiny
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Are the coil springs weak?
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Monday, June 14th, 2010 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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We'll have to check that next. I didn't know what would be the next obvious thing to check- sway bar? Ball joints?
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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 AT 11:45 AM
Tiny
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The items you mentioned won't cause a rough ride. They will cause play in the steering and make noise. I would focus more on the springs. If they are weak, it will cause a rough ride.

Let me know.

Joe
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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 AT 8:25 PM
Tiny
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I really appreciate the reply. Thanks- I'll let you know what we find out after the coil springs are replaced.
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Friday, June 18th, 2010 AT 11:58 AM
Tiny
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I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,
Joe
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Friday, June 18th, 2010 AT 1:38 PM

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