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Old 05-20-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Control Arm Bushings or Shocks

Need some input.........
Overall ride of my 2002 base has deteriorated over the past few weeks. Running 31 psi in front tires and noticed during recent inspection that inner and outer treads of both front tires are feathering.

I've searched this forum and internet to get some ideas but no luck.
Car currently has 144,000 miles. I am the third owner and purchased vehicle with 123,000 miles on odometer. I don't know what type of suspension maintenance has been completed in the past.

I am certain it needs an alignment, but the feathering on inner and outer tread has me stumped.

What are your thoughts based on experience - Control arm bushings or shocks?

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Old 05-21-2013, 04:30 AM   #2
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Feathering usually indicates an alignment problem but I've only heard of it occuring on one side or in one direction. With your milage it's likely you are way overdue for shocks too.
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Old 05-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #3
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Mine recently did the same, it turned out to be the inner and outer tie rods. I took it in for the alignment thinking it was off, but the wheels had a ton of side to side play in them which the mechanic showed me while on the rack. So I ordered new Moog parts (at half the cost then the shop) and swapped them out, not a hard job really. Get it on a rack and check out the play in the wheels.

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