1999 Mitsubishi Diamante Shakes and wobbles especially on I

Tiny
MARGARET E.
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  • 1999 MITSUBISHI DIAMANTE
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 205,000 MILES
See above. Is there a recall for this? How do I repair this?
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Sunday, February 14th, 2010 AT 9:45 AM

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Tiny
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Especially on i? Can you give a complete sytom here? Please.
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Sunday, February 14th, 2010 AT 11:47 AM
Tiny
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Hi:
I'd like to answer your question, but I don't understand what you are asking. So, I am going to take a shot in the dark and provide the following details. Approximately 6 weeks ago I began to have a problem with the above car shaking & wobbling. It was more noticeable on the back end. I took it in for an alignment and I found out the back tires were worn (on the inside down to the steel belt). I was quite surprised about this as the tires were newly purchased less than 1 year ago. So, I had the car aligned and put new tires on. Same problem reoccurred on the back tires, so I changed the back tires again. This time the tire technician told me there is something wrong with the bushings (?) In the rear wheels and that the back end is way off. So far in fact, that they couldn't get the back to align correctly. He further stated the part that I need to correct this problem cost $1800 (not including labor). My car is a 1999 with 200K miles, and although I love this car (and it's the 1st major problem I've had with it) I do not want to invest this much money. Since I've had the car aligned and tires changes, the shaking is less. However, when I pick up speed (55 miles/hour or more, or drive on a wet or icy surface), go over bumpy road surface the back end begins to slide. The car seems to slide more to the left now, where as before the entire back end fishtailed and it was difficult to maintain control.
Any help/suggestion/advice you offer will be greatly appreciated.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 8:16 AM
Tiny
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I am not sure which bushing would cost 1800.00! Bushings are simple rubber donuts, with a metal tube thru them, they only cost under 20.00, so find out if they mean installed, some are hard to remove, because of what needs to be taken apart.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Rear_Susp_1.jpg


The other problem is a Mitsubishi with 200,000 + miles, how much longer can it go? Have the entire undercarriage inspected for rust, I have seen people pour money into unibody cars only to find out it needs a junkyard anyway!
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 2:08 PM
Tiny
MARGARET E.
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Thanks so much. The diagram really helps. Nope, they told me $1800 just for the part. I told them to FORGET it! You are right, I love this car, but it's not worth putting that much money into.

God bless you and again, thank you. May you act of kindness be returned to you a hundred fold.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 2:59 PM
Tiny
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Your welcome.
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Monday, February 15th, 2010 AT 3:50 PM
Tiny
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OK I also have the same problem by the only difference is that my car just crossed 100k miles its doing the same wear of tire on the inside and when I took it for alignment they said they cant do it as it has maxed out on that part which is moved to align or it has maxed out on that adjustment not teh problem is that some of the shops I took it to are saying its the struts if I get them replaced that should fix the problem , some are not sure as they do not see any thing bent , one shop says struts wont help although the car is sagging from the rare and when it goes over a jump the rear tires wobble a bit, and one can feel the left and right movement of the rear end, one shop even told me the knuckles could be bent and that replacing them should solve the problem now I am compleatly confused on what to get fixed as the experts them self are not sure whats wrong
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Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 AT 8:08 PM
Tiny
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If it sags in the rear, the coil springs are to blame, but with 100,000 miles and a wobble to go with it, change out the struts at the same time, although I suppose it's not impossible to have a bent knuckle, it is VERY unlikely!
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 1:16 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply, but will this solve the problem as they too at the shop are not sure if the knuckles are bent , and will changing the struts straighten up the wheels as they are a little tilted toward the inside, I mean the top of the tire is tilted toward the inside, on the alignment reading it shows something like -2 degrees almost on both sides, one is -1.7, and will only changing the struts remove the sag
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 2:28 PM
Tiny
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As the coil springs sag the wheels tilt in at the top, and replacing the springs and struts will solve that. As I mentioned before, If the car hasn't been in an accident, there is NO reason to believe the knuckles, of spindles got bent. Tilting tires IS a sign of weak suspension parts. Especially the parts mentioned here! REPLACE BOTH. Or you will be wasting your time and money. Springs CONTROL the ride height, the strut only stops the spring from oscillation(car bouncing). If you want to try to get out cheap, try coil spring lifts.
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Thursday, April 8th, 2010 AT 3:46 PM

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