Front or Rear Suspension Problems

Have a suspension problem on your car or truck? Read articles to help diagnose a problem.

I work for a fishing company, and we have a 1972 Chevy pickup with a 454. The rear drive shaft is turning, but the rear wheels are not getting full power if any. the front tire was spinning and buried it self, with out breaking the back ones loose on the sand. Then once the truck was axle deep and no longer moving, neither were the rear wheels.

Ride is Too Soft

Inspect for worn shocks, struts, mounts, worn incorrect or broken springs.

Ride is Too Hard

Check for incorrect shock or strut type, tire pressure too high.

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How Things Work

How To Check Engine Drive Belts - Routing

Inspect your serpentine drive belt every 10,000 miles. Look for cracking. Small cracks are normal. Large, deep cracks are a sign that the belt should be replaced.

Once you've determined that your serpentine belt needs to replaced you can search online for the specific part and have it sent directly to your home.

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Common Engine Codes

Code P0171 Fuel Trim Error

The powertrain control module (PCM) controls the air/fuel metering system in order to provide the best possible combination of driveability, fuel economy and emission control. Fuel delivery is controlled differently during Open and Closed Loop. During Open Loop, the PCM determines fuel delivery based on sensor signals, without oxygen sensor (O2S) input.

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