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post #1 of 20 Old Sep 26th, 2005, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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'01 Rocking from side to side

'01 LE, 60k.. when driving it, it kinda feels as if something is loose and it "rocks" slightly from side to side when driving, like a teetering effect. Feels like its coming from rear so I replaced the shocks and its still there. Most noticable when taking sweeping turns and hitting bumpy road... feels like the rear is loose, etc. Any suggestions?
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'01 LE, 60k.. when driving it, it kinda feels as if something is loose and it "rocks" slightly from side to side when driving, like a teetering effect. Feels like its coming from rear so I replaced the shocks and its still there. Most noticable when taking sweeping turns and hitting bumpy road... feels like the rear is loose, etc. Any suggestions?
There are some recent threads on this, I think it was due to the 4 link style suspension and the bushings wearing out. Luckly mine doesnt do it but many owneres seem to have the problem at 100k from what i have read....


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Did some exhaustive research last night on some other boards... you are correct. I gotta replace them bushings and from what I am hearing, its a BIT*H! Oh well......
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Did some exhaustive research last night on some other boards... you are correct. I gotta replace them bushings and from what I am hearing, its a BIT*H! Oh well......

Ive heard its easier to just buy the 4 links with new bushings chech this site for recomendations on buying them its in here someplace...

its funny my truck is still pretty solid except for a few clunks.... ive no sway at 220k miles

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There are some recent threads on this, I think it was due to the 4 link style suspension and the bushings wearing out. Luckly mine doesnt do it but many owneres seem to have the problem at 100k from what i have read....

My 2003 with barely 40k is doing this, my wife complained, and for her to notice anything is bad. I thought it was the worn tires.

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My 2003 with barely 40k is doing this, my wife complained, and for her to notice anything is bad. I thought it was the worn tires.

The real question is can we get energy suspension bushings for these? that would be a nice upgrade....

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The real question is can we get energy suspension bushings for these? that would be a nice upgrade....
No clue... but that would be great if we could...
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I am ordering the poly bushings from 4x4parts.com. My buddy and I gave it a look last night and it shouldnt be too difficult to do. I even went so far last night to give the control arm bolts a pre-soak of WD-40 cuz I hear they are a bi**h to get out sometimes.
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I am ordering the poly bushings from 4x4parts.com. My buddy and I gave it a look last night and it shouldnt be too difficult to do. I even went so far last night to give the control arm bolts a pre-soak of WD-40 cuz I hear they are a bi**h to get out sometimes.

get your self some nice PB penatrator lubricant. wd40 is good of its wet but pb works like crazy on rusted bolts and nuts

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get your self some nice PB penatrator lubricant. wd40 is good of its wet but pb works like crazy on rusted bolts and nuts

Dave... I am hittin it real good with the PB Blaster tonight (its at parents house with all my tools, etc) and this weekend. Gonna soak the balls outta them bolts. The PB is some good sh*t.... Should have no prob next weekend getting everything apart.
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Dave... I am hittin it real good with the PB Blaster tonight (its at parents house with all my tools, etc) and this weekend. Gonna soak the balls outta them bolts. The PB is some good sh*t.... Should have no prob next weekend getting everything apart.

NICE TAKE PICS AND LET US KNOW HOW IT GOES....I MAY HAVE TO GET SOME NEW ONES FOR FUN IF THEY WORK WELL...

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DONE!! Me and my buddy did the AC/4x4parts lower poly bushings in his garage yesterday. The drivers side nuts were frozen so tight that my Ingersoll Rand Impact (375 ft/lbs) gun didnt do jack to it. We ended up having to use the old breaker bar/hydraulic jack to break them free. 1st... Piss poor design, stock bushing are crap outta the box. I was able to twist and move the lower arm no problem. Yeah, the bushings were torn up too. 2nd... you dont need a press to do this. We used a vice, piece of plywood, sockets and good old Yankee ingenuity. Installing the new poly bushings into the arms was a breeze. Once installed and on the truck, I couldnt twist/pull or anything on these! One word...SOLID! Anyways, put around 100 miles yesterday and the difference is like night and day! No more of that scary handling and annoying rocking anymore. AC customer service was excellent and the parts quality was 2nd to none. My buddy had so much fun doing the job that he wants me to get the upper bushings and tha panhard ones so we can have some fun with them. Sorry, dropped the ball on the camera, no pics. I will make sure to post pics when I do the rest of the bushings. Thanks to EVERYONE who led me to the fix for the original problem.
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DONE!! Me and my buddy did the AC/4x4parts lower poly bushings in his garage yesterday. The drivers side nuts were frozen so tight that my Ingersoll Rand Impact (375 ft/lbs) gun didnt do jack to it. We ended up having to use the old breaker bar/hydraulic jack to break them free. 1st... Piss poor design, stock bushing are crap outta the box. I was able to twist and move the lower arm no problem. Yeah, the bushings were torn up too. 2nd... you dont need a press to do this. We used a vice, piece of plywood, sockets and good old Yankee ingenuity. Installing the new poly bushings into the arms was a breeze. Once installed and on the truck, I couldnt twist/pull or anything on these! One word...SOLID! Anyways, put around 100 miles yesterday and the difference is like night and day! No more of that scary handling and annoying rocking anymore. AC customer service was excellent and the parts quality was 2nd to none. My buddy had so much fun doing the job that he wants me to get the upper bushings and tha panhard ones so we can have some fun with them. Sorry, dropped the ball on the camera, no pics. I will make sure to post pics when I do the rest of the bushings. Thanks to EVERYONE who led me to the fix for the original problem.

Max

Thats awesome!!! looks like i need to do the same. Cn you drop us the link to the bushing? Sweet.

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For the record.. AC lists them as "Trailing Arm Bushings". I initially purchased the wrong ones and Volrick in customer service set me straight with the right ones and a full refund on the wrong ones I ordered. Here is the link for the "1996 - 2004 Pathfinder" http://www.4x4parts.com/public_html/...943b698d6d3f40

Drove to work today for first time with the new bushings... soo night and day difference.
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My '97 SE has the start-up clunk and highway sway; we're looking at replacing the bushings.

I have a question regarding this procedure: are the bushings the only part needed to complete the repair? (assuming I don't buy new links complete with bushings). I'd hate to have the thing up on jackstands, half apart, and find I need more parts! If you don't mind, please list all components I'd need to have on hand.

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