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Old 11-28-2001, 12:51 AM
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The damper is basically a shock absorber, which is mounted between the drag link and sub-frame. It's function is to dampen the impact of lateral movement of the front suspension. If you feel the steering wheel move left/right with each and every minor imperfection of the road surface, chances are the damper is shot.

Mine, when I replaced it, appeared to be an original unit. When I pulled it, it had no absorbing ability left in it. I felt zero resistance when pulling the shaft out, or trying to push it in. The replacement (ordered through PartsShop) required a good amount of effort to push, or pull, the shaft and the wheel felt much firmer and more stable after replacement.
Mike Tangas
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