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Old 12-22-2008, 03:43 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Ok I notice when it below 32 my car rides rough .
Like I feel every uneveness in the road.
I check my tires and the pressure and tread are ok but it feels like i'm in a low rider the way it handles going down the road.

I know it a cold thing because I didnt have issue this afternoon.

What you think?
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Tallahassee, FL
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What kind of car? Year/make/model/mileage?
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: appleton, wi
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Anything can freeze, but in this situation I would first assume the tires are hardening at the colder temps, giving your rough ride. What kind of tires are on the car, specifically?
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Oswego, IL
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Just as oil, syrup, peanut butter and just about anything thicker than water is resistant to flow when it gets colder the fluid in your shocks moves slower. It should get better as you drive.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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Shocks and struts work by flowing oil through metered orifices. The colder temps thicken the oil and slow the flow.
So struts don't "freeze", but will get sluggish when cold and that translates into a rougher ride.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I second the hardened tires. I have noticed when it's cold that mine will ride rough and rumble for the first couple of miles.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:16 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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it a 95 camry with over 236,000 miles
Good year touring viva tires and they are relative new and just rotated and balance last week
http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/69/76/62...20_100X100.jpg
it mainly in the left rear

tire pressure has been check and is ok
I hope I share enough stats
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:35 PM
 
Location: 77059
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Yes it is possible. I had one strut seize up rock solid before. You can try to bounce the front end up & down with your hands/body. One side won't go up/down as easy as the other side. And if you do get it to bounce, it may make some serious squeaking noises within the strut itself.

If your ride quality is shot, you should also consider the wear on your control arm & frame bushings as well as the spring isolator pads. Some of those could be causing your issues.
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Old 12-22-2008, 08:42 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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Yes it is possible. I had one strut seize up rock solid before. You can try to bounce the front end up & down with your hands/body. One side won't go up/down as easy as the other side. And if you do get it to bounce, it may make some serious squeaking noises within the strut itself.

If your ride quality is shot, you should also consider the wear on your control arm & frame bushings as well as the spring isolator pads. Some of those could be causing your issues.
I know the bushings need to be replace and the struts .
I had that inspected and the guy said I have damaged all I could do but I also check on what it would be to get it fix and it about the value of the car and I am not ready to get a car til this time next year.

It only acts this way when it below 32
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Old 12-22-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: appleton, wi
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it a 95 camry with over 236,000 miles
Good year touring viva tires and they are relative new and just rotated and balance last week
http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/69/76/62...20_100X100.jpg
it mainly in the left rear

tire pressure has been check and is ok
I hope I share enough stats
OK, that's a pretty good indicator. Especially the mileage and how you say the issue is coming from one corner, not neccessarily from all over. I'm guessing the struts haven't been replaced in some time, and those cars have quite a few supporting pieces that should get replaced with them (such as bushings) that can wear away and cause things to get clunky. Replacing struts is a fairly big job in those cars; given the mileage and age consider how bad the problem is and how long you want to keep it before you get the job done.

P.S. If a strut is actually leaking, you can usually see it by sticking your head under there. Of course it'd have to be clean of all the winter slush
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