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Old 07-12-2015, 04:43 AM   #1
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Default Proper method for checking ALL wearable suspension components

I'm used to subarus, and regular cars with components I can easily check with the car in the air, and a prybar.

I'm looking to make sure all the ball joints, dampers, springs, bushings... are good. Do I need to load the suspension (drive on ramps, and use prybar for example) due to the type of suspension?

I have a 2001 Miata LS that I'm bringing back to good mechanical condition. The first owner neglected almost everything.

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Find the largest sledgehammer you can and start smacking stuff. If it doesn't fall off the car, then the part is good.
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Wearable suspension components kinda sounds like the latest Lady Gaga outfit.

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Look at the rubber suspension components. Do they look softer than a Bruce Hornsby song? Time to replace 'em
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First know what to look for. Looks at videos on Youtube that help diagnose problems, test on your car...replace **** as needed...

Loosing alignment often? Probably time for new eccentrics
wheel bearings make noise/vertical movement in wheel? replace hubs
play in your ball joints? replace

Pretty easy, first you gotta educate yourself on symptoms, then the rest is mashed potatoes with a little dollop of money gravy on top.
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Look at the rubber suspension components. Do they look softer than a Bruce Hornsby song? Time to replace 'em
Shouldn't that be "harder than DragonForce?"
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