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Date: 31 Dec 2006 01:08:43 -0800
From: "Martin" <>

Thanks for that th - I will get the rear shocks changed. Could I ask whether you changed the front strut inserts at the same time, and if you didn't, whether you wish you had done so. Martin th wrote: > 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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