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Old 25 May 2021, 01:31 am
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Question bumpy ride?? a question for the hive-mind!

So, my 2004 Touring Edition ("turbo lite") has always had a sort of 'feel the road' ride - seems like quite a hard suspension. Any little bump in the road, I can feel it!

I'm just wondering if this is somewhat normal, or if maybe all my suspension bushings need replacement. Or ???

Planning a cross-country drive in a month or two, so wondering what I might ask to have looked at...

I did have some 'real obvious' front end thunk a couple years back, but that was solved by replacing the worn part (a lower control arm, which was seriously worn!).

This sort of bumping noise/feel is coming from the front and rear pretty equally, it seems. I know this car is designed on a "truck chassis", and I dont mind a hard ride ( the car handles really well)... just wondering if they are all like this, or if mine just needs suspension work...




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Old 25 May 2021, 05:57 am
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Default Re: bumpy ride?? a question for the hive-mind!

You should not hear any CLUNKING.
But the ride is a Bit stiff at times.

The best thing to do is just put it up on Jack stands and Take a look at ALL the Bushings on the car including the engine ones.

if you plan to keep the car for a good long time just switch over to all the poly bushings I think it's a company in Oregon and I forgot its name but they make a complete bushing set for the neon and I think some of the PT Cruisers.

Its sort of like a set it and Forget it kind of deal.

It will introduce a bit of harshness. Also, I have noticed that the non OEM bushings seem to be a BIT Stiff at first and then get soft over time. The Rubber for these parts may be about 20 years old in some cases, so that's normal.


There is not much to the PT suspension, so take a look at all of it. Including the struts and shocks. .
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Default Re: bumpy ride?? a question for the hive-mind!

Polyurethane bushings.
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