Wanderer

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Michael Echemann, Nov 13, 2000.

  1. Michael Echemann
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">You might inspect your bushings in the front end. The king pin itself could be worn 5-21-34 or it's bushings 5-21-17. While your at it look at your bushing inside your oscillating axle 5-21-2. If your kingpinand orbushings are worn you should get a slightwobble in yourfront wheel. Try itwith the car jacked and see if it has any play (with the lug nuts tight of course).</font>

    <font face="Arial" size="2">Maybe Dave the wave or Billy can offer better tips. How about Hugh? He may know exactly what it is.</font>
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Arnold, I sadly have the same problem with the car wanting to drive itself over 40mph. Ask Amphipoda how scary it was in Celina at night raining leaving the eagles.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">This is what I have done to no avail. Replaced all 4 shocks with Aldan super billet units. Replaced all front tie rod ends with German Lemforder sealed units. New tires. Prayer to Amphi gods. None of these things helped at all. I have heard a couple of ideas about nuts in the back being loose, and now the king pins. How would someone go about checking these for looseness? I have had the fronts off many times (of yea, also replaced inner & outer wheel bearings & races in front) and have not found any signs of anything worn out or loose. I also took the opportunity to tighten the nuts on the spring units in the back that slide into the dead end hole. I'm with you buddy, it is a strange problem that just defies any amount of money or work thrown at it. </font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I have considered taking it to an expert like Billy, Dave, or anyone else who may be able to get into it and see something that I am missing. It has caused me to not drive the car much at all. </font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I guess we are in the same boat (groan) looking for help.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">A tough one indeed.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">AHHHHHHHH.........heated garage for the first time now living in mild Tennessee.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I was BUOYANT in Mich., but now live on a lake.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">Mark Richardson</font>

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  2. Mark Richardson
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Arnold, I sadly have the same problem with the car wanting to drive itself over 40mph. Ask Amphipoda how scary it was in Celina at night raining leaving the eagles.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">This is what I have done to no avail. Replaced all 4 shocks with Aldan super billet units. Replaced all front tie rod ends with German Lemforder sealed units. New tires. Prayer to Amphi gods. None of these things helped at all. I have heard a couple of ideas about nuts in the back being loose, and now the king pins. How would someone go about checking these for looseness? I have had the fronts off many times (of yea, also replaced inner & outer wheel bearings & races in front) and have not found any signs of anything worn out or loose. I also took the opportunity to tighten the nuts on the spring units in the back that slide into the dead end hole. I'm with you buddy, it is a strange problem that just defies any amount of money or work thrown at it. </font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I have considered taking it to an expert like Billy, Dave, or anyone else who may be able to get into it and see something that I am missing. It has caused me to not drive the car much at all. </font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I guess we are in the same boat (groan) looking for help.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">A tough one indeed.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">AHHHHHHHH.........heated garage for the first time now living in mild Tennessee.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">I was BUOYANT in Mich., but now live on a lake.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">Mark Richardson</font>
     
  3. David Chapman
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    > Arnold, I sadly have the same problem with the car wanting to drive itself
    over 40mph. Ask Amphipoda how scary it was in Celina at night raining
    leaving the eagles.


    I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned the pinch bolt on the rear axle, that
    makes a real difference if there is any play. Jack up the rear and check for
    any movement by rocking them hard at the top and bottom, there should be no
    significant play at all, just a bit in the wheel bearings. To be double sure
    get someone to apply the footbrake whilst doing it, should then be rock
    solid. If there is movement look for play around the stub axle (it's sort
    of hidden behind the tire but you should be able to see it) and if you can
    see any play when moving the wheel it's too much.

    This is a real problem to fix, a new or tightened pinch bolt doesn't help
    much as the shaft goes out of round. It really has to be machined but it's
    worth doing as the difference to the driving experience is huge.

    David Chapman in the UK
     

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