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2013 Hyundai Elantra help with suspension/ride issue diagnosis?


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J.cogitation
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May 4, 2022, 1:18 PM

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So, I have an Elantra. At some point in the past, I struck a curb on the median of a road I didn’t see, because it was night, going about 20-25 mph through a turn on the left front tire, and blew the sidewall of the tire out. The alignment is a little off since that impact, but I replaced the tire, and have had tires rotated since then. I want to get an alignment done, but don’t want to do it until I fix whatever is wrong with the suspension.

I have a problem with the ride though. When driving at highway speeds, 60-70 range, if I go over a bump, it really feels like the ride is very harsh, and the whole rear end of the car shimmies/wobbles back and forth about twice. Also, I was giving a ride to three passengers who were all in the back seat, and we went over a dip in the road, and the whole car roller coaster flopped, so that they were flung up from their seats.

I had a mechanic friend look at it, and he said the struts and shocks looked fine. Dry. No leak. Pushed on the corners and it bounces once and settles fairly quickly. It does seem to me like maybe the rear doesn’t take all that much force to move the shock on that side.

Could also be tires or the rim from the impact? I have four tires which aren’t all matching new tires. One of them is a used tire.


Tom Greenleaf
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May 4, 2022, 2:08 PM

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OK - by that description it bent strut or the weakest part on that wheel. If you did struts it would need another alignment so choose.
Do both or I'd suggest the alignment now find out just what some you may see some not.
Speed enough to do that could bend things as you described it.
ONE new tire if not lucky real close match complicates this,


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Hammer Time
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May 4, 2022, 2:16 PM

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Unless you have a ton of money for tires I wouldn't waste any time getting these things done. It only takes a small amout of toe change to tear the tire off in short order.



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J.cogitation
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May 4, 2022, 8:10 PM

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Ends up being what I decided to do. Getting new struts and shocks and then alignment. Tires seem like they're okay.






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