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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2000, 10:51 AM
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Bronco Wanders Down Road

Hello All,
I have a 94 Bronco (302, E4OD) that wanders a bit going down the road. I have taken a look underneath and found that one of the bushings on the frame end of the radius arm is badly deteriorated. Could this cause the problem or do I need to look a bit deeper?
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Jim

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2000, 01:41 PM
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Re: Bronco Wanders Down Road

Yes, this sounds like your problem. It also could be a combination including bad steering linkage, and/or ball joints, and/or wheel bearings, and/or steering slop, and/or wider than factory rims (ex. 15"x10" or larger rims).
I would definantly replace the bushings if they look bad. Get the factory Ford replacement bushings. They are about $10 each. They give you much more flex than the poly bushings. If that doesn't cure the problem, then I would dig a bit deeper.
Hope this helps,
Curtis

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Re: Bronco Wanders Down Road

Thanks,
I will try the bushing repalcement first. Does anyone have an idea if a radius arm bushing would be replaced under my extended warrenty? (The dealer usually tells me that whatever is wrong is not covered and I end up arguing the point and paying anyway.)

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-13-2000, 11:52 PM
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Re: Bronco Wanders Down Road

When you deal with a Ford Dealership and they say something is not covered by the warranty, then argue until he gives in. If the person you are talking to does not agree, then ask for the head guy. Keep going until they know you by site and full name.

I have had problems dealing with dealerships (I have a '91 SAE Bronco, and my wife a 1998 Taurus), and they always want to pull a fast one. Oh, it is not just one dealership, it seems they all get the some crap-on-the-customer training.

But, what I do is raise hell! I ask for every big shot working there, and then ask them for their dealership I.D. This will get them wondering, and they will ask you what you need that for. I just reply that I want to be able to tell Ford Headquarters just what a lousy they are, and that I want to add them to my Web page as being a sorry excuse place to do business. And they threaten to sue me if I do that, but I let them know that customers have every right to voice their dissatisfactions.

Well, the brakes all got redone, transmission serviced, and even an oil change. All free! Then again, I enjoy arguing with [censored] when they are in the wrong!

So, don't let them charge you for what could have been a defect in parts. (Even if it wasn't, who is to say?)


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Re: Bronco Wanders Down Road

Great Advice! Thanks for the input. I'll post again and let you all know if it was covered.
Jim

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