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Why does the front end suspension (tires-struts-?-) feel loose?

(2005 Pontiac Bonneville)
in Sandusky, OH on January 24, 2013
I just bought the car, 136k miles. Runs great (I <3 it), but the front end is not happy, seems as if the struts or something is loose, not really popping, just rattling as if the front end is gonna fall off..also the steering column pops when turing, which I have read a lot of these cars have the same issue. The check engine light came on, diagnostic computer says,"fuel trip" something , does this mean mass air flow? HELP HELP!! PLEASE!!! I need a reliable decent car.
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of Greg's Orange Auto on January 25, 2013
have an alignment shop insp frt end for worn parts and get an est.
on January 24, 2013
you need to lift the front end off the ground and check inner/outer tie rods the ball joints and wheel bearings for excessive play if any of these components are worn it can be DANGEROUS to drive also stabilizer links can give it a "loose" feeling especially around turns do they have saftey inspections out in Ohio?
on January 25, 2013
it could be your strut mounts making the noise
on January 25, 2013
I have never had a car of mine inspected all the years I have been driving. A dealership sold me the car pretty reasonable. Car fax said the shocks and struts were replaced before. Every time I back out of my drive way, you can hear the front end, it sounds loose. The car I owned before this, the rack and pinion was going out (least I thought). It sounded like a popping noise each time I turned onto a street.
This car does not sound like that, it sounds as if there is something not suspending or holding the front end (tires)from falling onto a lower level. Also, when I let go of the wheel, driving, it does not veer to either side. No play what so ever, very good with turning.
on January 24, 2013
At 136K you should consider replacing the front oil filled shocks/struts and the rear air filled shocks/struts to avoid future problems. Im not exactly sure what your asking about the mass air flow.
on January 24, 2013
Thank you very kindly for replying back to my question..
The front oil filled shocks/struts- would this cause the car to make noise when going over bumps, like its loose? Also, The dealership said the mass air flow sensor was bad and this was why the check engine light was on. I had one of my friends that own a shop put the car on their computer tester, and it said something about "fuel trip something? I was going to replace the sensor.
Im really worried about the loose feeling in the front more. The car runs really good, even in -10 degree mornings.
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