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Old 17 Mar 2009, 12:59 pm
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Unhappy Suspension woes

Hello all. New to forum.

Its a 2001 Limited Edition, 5spd manual, 4 wheel disk brakes, 88,000 km (canada eh?) I'm the original owner.

The PT has turned from a kitten to a wild cat. The suspension is starting to rattle and bang something fierce.

It looks like the rack and pinion needs replacing. Theres a large amount of side-to-side play on the right side bushing where the rack exits the housing. Inner and outer rods are OK. Ball joints and control arm bushings replaced 10,000 km ago. Anybody else seen this kind of wear?

Also, the bell crank is clunking around. Again! replaced 4 years ago under warranty. I only had about 40,000 km on it at the time. Stupid piece of #%!&
I'll be replacing it this weekend.


Comment and useful suggestions are welcome.
Cheers.
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Old 17 Mar 2009, 03:43 pm
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Welcome to the Forum. Sorry it had to be for a RANT!! Better luck in the future.
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Old 23 Mar 2009, 12:47 pm
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Well, I replaced the bell crank on saturday. 1.5 hours to remove, .5 hour to install. Rusted bolts. Who needs Loctite?

Anyway, the new bell crank (part # 05006148AA) has a more robust pivot bushing. About 1/2 inch longer, hopefully this one will last longer. However, the bolt hole for attaching to the axle is larger. There is quite a bit of side-to-side play. I bolted 'er up anyway.

I'm wondering if the bolt has been upgraded as well. I called the stealer and they said no, its the same bolt since 2001.

Anyone have the same experience? If yes, what did you do?

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Mike
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Old 19 Sep 2009, 07:08 pm
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snoman (or anyone else)....
Any special tools required to change the bell crank? Dealer wants $140 for the part (which is back ordered) and another $140 to install it. With shop materials, tax, etc, it'll be $300! If I can do it myself, I will. Also, did you buy your bell crank at the dealer or an auto parts store?
Clunking noise has been getting worse - I'm quite sure this is the problem, with 87K miles on it (2002).
Thanks much....
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Old 23 Sep 2009, 12:41 pm
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snoman (or anyone else)....
Any special tools required to change the bell crank? Dealer wants $140 for the part (which is back ordered) and another $140 to install it. With shop materials, tax, etc, it'll be $300! If I can do it myself, I will. Also, did you buy your bell crank at the dealer or an auto parts store?
Clunking noise has been getting worse - I'm quite sure this is the problem, with 87K miles on it (2002).
Thanks much....
The only special tools I needed was a tie-rod separator. I just jacked up the rear and separated the links first from the bell crank, then removed the bell crank.
Fairly easy, all things considered. The average backyard mechanic should have not problems.

As far as where to get it: the stealer is the only source. I tried several aftermarket sources here in Canada, and no luck. Apparently mother MOPAR has not released rights to the after-market.

Good luck.
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