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    Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    When I drive the car (98' Deville), it feels as if a wheel or something is wobbling at low speeds, and the car vibrates a little at high speeds. I believe the wobbling feeling is worse when turning. The last time I drove the car, these symptoms were not present. The only thing I have done since then is jack the car up a few times and replace the blower motor (required lowering of the sub-frame).

    Upon inspecting the front suspension, the bushings on each end of the stabilizer links are falling apart on both sides of the car. This is the only thing I can see, but I don't know if they could be causing the symptoms described above. I tried removing one of the stabilizer links in order to replace it, but I couldn't get it to budge after removing the nuts.

    Besides stabilizer links, is there anything else that could be causing these symptoms. I can't see what has suddenly changed in the suspension since the last time I drove it it was handling fine. Thanks.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    A wheel or tire problem causes wobbles and vibrations. Worn links usually cause clunks more then affecting the way it drives.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    When I bought my 98, it acted similiar to yours. ended up finding a cracked rim on the front. Better check them out.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    i agree with brougham and bigtone. just replaced stab links on my 95 concours and was not experiencing any wobble beforehand, just really loose in corners and the occasional "thunk". i'm betting on a wheel or tire out of round. good luck to you.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    Thanks for the advice, I agree it sounds like more of a wheel problem. The rims themselves looked fine from what I can see. I'm going to drive the car some more and have someone watch the tires to see if they can tell if anything looks wrong.

    Since the sway bar links were falling apart, I decided to replace them anyway while I had the wheels off. There was a lot more work involved than I had hoped. The top of the link came off relatively easily, but the bottom was a different story. I ended up sawing off the link and then drilling out the hole. I haven't tried the other side yet, but hopefully it will be easier.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    A low speed wobble would lead me to think a tire cord has separated.

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    Quote Originally Posted by Netjive8 View Post
    I can't see what has suddenly changed in the suspension since the last time I drove it it was handling fine. Thanks.
    Your car is haunted, mine is. Random clunks some drives, and the next day or way home from work it drives perfect.

    Haunted man... haunted

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    Re: Stabilizer Links possibly causing wobbly handling?

    Turns out it was indeed a tire problem. There is a bulge on the left rear tire where the tread has torn/separated. I wasn't able to see it until I actually took the tire off. Now I need to get a new tire, and hopefully I won't have anymore problems. Thanks everyone, for the tips.

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