Handling Problems

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by wick68355@aol.com, Aug 2, 2001.

  1. wick68355@aol.com

    I recently began working on the front end of my amphicar to correct a severe
    shimmy which would occour when hitting bumps at 30 mph or so. I removed the
    front assemblies and took the to a local brake and axle shop. I wanted the
    to replace all the bushings. They called my back and told me that the right
    side was stuck. It turned right to left just fine but would not go up or
    down. They disassembled both sides and cleaned them greased and re assembled
    them. No parts needed! And only a $30.00 shop charge.
  2. mabatts@iname.com

    I have been suffering with severe handling problems where the car is
    all over the road. After repairing the rear pinch bolts, switched to
    radial tires and confirmed the steering box is reinforced with a
    cross-beam, I found the right front wheel was loose with about a 3mm
    gap between the stub axle bolt and the steering knuckle arm. I then
    clamped the knuckle arm to the wheel to close the gap and re-
    tightened the pinch bolt and re-tested the handling. It was solved!
    I then tried some 360 turns left and right in a parking lot and the
    steering knuckle arm was loose again.

    Should I be taking up the gap with adapter washers, since it looks
    like the stub axle bolt has a slot near the spline end shown on the
    drawing on plate 21 that the pinch bolt would naturally be tightened
    against? Or do I have to replace major parts?


    Mike Batts

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