Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Coronado, CA
Bronco Info: 96 Bronco XL 5.0 E4OD, Man Xfer/Hubs
What a bummer!
It may be repairable.
Is the Rear Suspension askew?
"The rear suspension uses 3 parallel arms (one upper and 2 lowers). Each arm has a mounting position to the chassis and an attachment at the wheel knuckle. This suspension allows the wheels to react to road imperfections independent of eachother. The shock absorber mounts to the wheel knuckle and along with the spring, controls vertical movement. A stabilizer bar and links are included to control suspension lean/sway."
"Inspection and Verification
Road test the vehicle.
Inspect if any suspension alignment or ride height concerns are present.
Verify the customer concern by carrying out a road test on a smooth road. Any vibrations?
Inspect the tires.
Check the tire pressures with all normal loads in the vehicle and the tires cold. Refer to the Vehicle Certification (VC) label.
Verify that all tires are sized to specification. Refer to the VC label.
Inspect the tires for incorrect wear and damage. Install new tires as necessary.
Inspect the chassis and underbody.
Remove any excessive accumulation of mud, dirt or road deposits from the chassis and underbody.
Inspect for aftermarket equipment. miesk5 note, this could be used to lower payout
Check for aftermarket changes to the steering, suspension, and wheel and tire components (such as competition or heavy duty). The specifications shown in this manual do not apply to vehicles equipped with aftermarket equipment. miesk5 note, this could be used to lower payout
Visual Inspection Chart:
Front or rear suspension components
Incorrect spring usage. miesk5 note, such as a lift or lowering attempt, this could be used to lower payout
Wheel bearing and wheel hub(s)
➡️Non-OEM parts or modifications. miesk5 note, this could be used to lower payout
If an obvious cause for an observed or reported condition is found, correct the cause (if possible)"
by Automobile Repair Reference Center (ARRC)* with notes by me.