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On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018 with a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

UPDATE: Bilsteins Finally Toast?

This week I took Vic on a roughly 170 mile ride.  When I got home, I realized something: Vic needs some attention.  The car seems to be rocking/weaving/swaying side to side a tiny bit, enough that I semed to constantly be correcting the steering wheel.  The tires are fine.  None of the wheels seemed any hotter than the others (brake caliper?).  Yesterday I went for another ride, and I think I may know what's up.

The last clue is how the car feels going over bumps: BAD.  I am even getting rear wheel-hop.  Meaning?  I think the rear Bilsteins are finally toast.  A peek at the WUWV? pages show that the rear shocks were installed on 4/27/01.  That is over 10 years ago, and they are only now worn out.  The fronts were replaced only recently by Taxi Guy with police shocks. 

Since I am still a member of the unemployed (thanks Obama...) I don't think I will be going with Bilsteins again.  I would LIKE to, but for now I will go with two more Ford police shocks.  I think I will also have the front end checked, then get an alignment, just to make sure everything is set for the winter.

Are my theories correct??  Tune in later and see!!

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