Piston Slap: The REAL Swagger Wagon

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta
piston slap the real swagger wagon

TTAC Commentator MadHungarian writes:

Hi Sajeev – I am your fellow Town Car-o-phile, and per Panther Appreciation week commentary, I accept your invitation. How do you get that harshness out of the ride of my 2005 Signature Limited? That banging and bottoming in the rear over seemingly minor bumps. Strangely, it seems worse at lower speeds. I miss the authentically Land Yacht-y ride of my ’92. I don’t miss the seriously imprecise steering, but is one a necessary tradeoff to get the other?

A photo of my somewhat blingy ’05 is included for your enjoyment. It’s got only 54K and as far as I know the air suspension and all other suspension components are in proper order.

Sajeev Answers:

Nice Townie, the (aftermarket) landau roof with classy quarter window deletion is a rare find! Most people go for the clumsy mop-on-head design of the full carriage roofs. Your triple black threat proves that TTAC is a diverse group of passionate pistonheads, that the automotive aftermarket makes “non-ricey” cosmetic improvements, and that old school rides get better by going even older.

Here’s my time tested advice, performed in the opposite direction to make my mehta@ttac.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry.

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  • Trend-Shifter Trend-Shifter on Nov 08, 2010

    Take out that tire gauge and try 27~28 psi.

    • Sastexan Sastexan on Nov 08, 2010

      Explorer anyone? Not a good idea to just drop the PSI of the tire below recommended pressure.

  • Waftable Torque Waftable Torque on Nov 09, 2010

    Maybe just a switch to softer riding T-rated tires is in order. I just rotated from H-rated Michelin MXMV4+ all-seasons to X-Ice Xi2 winter tires, and improvement in ride quality is noticeable. The ride is lush, sharp impacts no longer come through, and it's silent to boot. That's unheard of in a winter tire, pardon the pun. The Yokohama Avid Touring-S gets great comments on its ride quality in Tire Rack's recent tire test.

  • FifaCup Loving both Interior and exterior designs.
  • FifaCup This is not good for the auto industry
  • Jeff S This would be a good commuter vehicle especially for those working in a large metropolitan area. The only thing is that by the time you put airbags, backup cameras, and a few of the other required safety features this car would no longer be simple and the price would be not much cheaper than a subcompact. I like the idea but I doubt a car like this would get marketed in anyplace besides Europe and the 3rd World.
  • ScarecrowRepair That's what I came to say!
  • Inside Looking Out " the plastic reinforced with cotton waste used on select garbage vehicles assembled by the Soviet Union. "Wrong. The car you are talking about was the product German engineering, East German. It's name was Trabant.