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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Suspension problems in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; I need some help here!! I have a 2000 Cat. When breaking, it feels like a bad rotor. Replaced rotors, ...
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    billsyzfr-1 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Suspension problems

    I need some help here!! I have a 2000 Cat. When breaking, it feels like a bad rotor. Replaced rotors, problem still there. Replacing struts soon. Front end joints, sway feel good, hoping it is just the struts. Need to know, do I have to replace the mounts as well? A while back I had a squeek when I turned at low speeds. Some bearing I was told. Is that bearing part of the strut mount? OK now for the 2nd part. The rear struts are leaking on 1 side, Going to replace them as well. Founr then at Advance for 70 for the air ride. Problem there is the rear tires wore down on the insides. REAL BAD ON 1 SIDE!! Is this an alignment issue in the rear? Appreciate any help!!

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    Re: Suspension problems

    Sounds like your car has had some rough miles. Need some more details.

    Quote Originally Posted by billsyzfr-1 View Post

    When breaking, it feels like a bad rotor. Replaced rotors, problem still there.
    Explain. Why do you think it's the brakes? What exactly is the car doing? Does the car pull to one side? If it's pulling it could be bad lower control arm bushings.

    Replacing struts soon. Front end joints, sway feel good, hoping it is just the struts. Need to know, do I have to replace the mounts as well?
    What front end joints? Do you mean the ball joints or the bushings? Sway whats? The swaybar bushings or the swaybar droplinks? If you're replacing the struts, why reuse old mounts. They'll just keep the car feeling sluggish.

    A while back I had a squeek when I turned at low speeds. Some bearing I was told. Is that bearing part of the strut mount?
    It could be the idler arm bushing, maybe.

    OK now for the 2nd part. The rear struts are leaking on 1 side, Going to replace them as well. Founr then at Advance for 70 for the air ride.
    Monroe Max-Air Shocks, right? Are you replacing the air lines or reusing the originals? Crawl underneath and inspect them.

    Problem there is the rear tires wore down on the insides. REAL BAD ON 1 SIDE!! Is this an alignment issue in the rear?
    That's usually caused by too much negative camber. It could also be worn or broken trailing/control arm bushings. There are adjustable bushings that help solve that problem. Check the spring mounts. They get crushed over time and change the alignment. The springs themselves sometimes crack too.
    Read my posts on suspension upgrades. Since your practically rebuilding the front and rear suspensions you might want better than the stock components.
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...n-issue-3.html

    Elvin


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    vanclot is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Suspension problems

    Sunds like it may be the stabalizer link. try moving it up and down to see if their is any play. i currently had a similar problem as you and turned out to be the stabalizer link

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