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Jarring Ride Over Bumps

Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by goober71, December 13, 2004.

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    1. goober71

      goober71 New Member

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      Hi,
      I bought a 1998 Explorer XLT AWD a couple of months back. The ride was jarring over bumps, so i took it to the dealer and they replaced the front shocks. The ride was still jarring and i brought it back to the dealer, but they said it was just the tires.
      I'm wondering if there is something more to it and they did not want to do anything about it, because the truck was still under warranty (2 month dealer warranty)? I saw a couple of articles on here about ball joints and i wonder if those are the problem?
      Any ideas/suggestions?
      Thanks.

      Ro
       
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    3. jayhawkexplorer

      jayhawkexplorer Well-Known Member

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      You can check your ball joints by jacking up the front end and trying to move the tire back and forth. Pick up a Haynes manual for your truck and they'll explain it well in there, well worth the $17. But I would guess that you're just not used to the ride of the Explorer yet. They may be a lot of good things, but having a comfortable ride is not a trait of our trucks.
       
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      Check your tire pressure. If the pressure is high the spring rate is also high. Try running the tires at the minimum recommend pressure. You may also need a new tire pressure gage.
       

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