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Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2006 15:16:03 GMT
From: th <>

Martin wrote: > I have a Saab 9-5 Aero Estate (year 2000) with 105k miles on the clock. > Recently the rear wheels have started to float on fast road ripples, > small ridges, shallow holes etc. which would suggest the shock > adsorbers need replacement. > > However, the rear shocks control the car well on larger bumbs, and do > not allow any bounce if you push down the back of the car. This > indicates that the shocks are controling large movements, but suggests > they are not controling the small movements. > > Could this be wear in the rubber attachment bushes rather than the > shock absorber itself, or is it a manifestation of shock adsorber > failure. > > I should add that the floating became more noticeable after the dealer > determined (during a standard service) that some of the rear suspension > bushes required replacement. Also that replacement of these bushes (on > the control arms) did not have any affect on the problem at all. > > Hope someone out there can help. > You are quite lucky having had the suspension survive this long! At this mileage you probably need to change both the bushes and the shock absorbers. I just did the same as you on an 75k mile MY2000. First having the bushes changed without any real improvement and a couple of weeks later changing the shock absorbers. In my case it was only the left absorber that caused the problem. You could feel it when driving with only one side over fast road ripples, where the rear end of the car tended to move right. -- th

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