1997 Nissan Pathfinder the truck sways?

Tiny
JAMES CARR
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  • 1997 NISSAN PATHFINDER
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 156,000 MILES
The truck sways like a boat.I was told that the bushings need to be replaced?
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Friday, September 19th, 2008 AT 2:48 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

Crawl under your vehicle and check your sway bar or stabilizer link. It is possible that it has broken the links.
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Friday, September 19th, 2008 AT 3:00 PM
Tiny
JAMES CARR
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Sway bar and link look ok
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Friday, September 19th, 2008 AT 3:18 PM
Tiny
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Did you check front and rear.

Try moving them in different areas.

Also does the vehicle bounce more than normal if so check the struts
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Friday, September 19th, 2008 AT 3:54 PM
Tiny
JAMES CARR
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Thanks for the recent responses.

***The car has had ty rods replaced because they were bent. (Are ty or tie rods same as sway bar?)
*** front end was aligned because it was pushing forward
*** struts were good.

You mention sway bar and stabilizer links.
Where is the sway bar(is this the same as stabilization bar) located?

Also, are the bushings and links the same and attached to sway bar? Give me some locations for these parts. Need defining of parts that we speak about.

If bar and bushings are fine, what else could it be?

In addition, steering is loose---should I look into something that has to do with steering causing the car to be unsteady?

My concern is when driving and road pitches or level changes, car feels like it will tip and unstable.
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Saturday, September 20th, 2008 AT 6:43 PM
Tiny
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Hi James,

No the tie rods are not the same as the Stabalizers/Sway bar.

Sorry for the delay though I am at my EMS job and unable to log into my Mitchell 1 to get the graphics. I will get them post tomorrow morning when I get home. Unless one of the other techs can post them before hand.

I am not sure if this will help as far as finding them but I will try to describe them.

They are bars that stretch from frame to frame and they have connecting links that go up attach to the strut on the front. The back is similar
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Sunday, September 21st, 2008 AT 9:11 PM
Tiny
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Ok, here are the diagrams.....

Front....


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/188069_97pathfinderstabilizerfront_1.jpg



Rear


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/188069_97pathfinderstabilizerrear_1.jpg

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Monday, September 22nd, 2008 AT 9:32 AM

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