I'm not exactly sure how to best describe what is going on with my 2005 Aveo SVM Hatchback, with 114,000 miles but here goes:
Last weekend I had new lower control arms with ball joints, and new mounting bolts, and new sway bar links installed, because the car would "dart" right, then left when braking, and I was told control arm bushings were bad. Problem solved, but now the car drives straight, then with no warning starts pulling right or left at random, and turning the car behaves stiffly, if that makes any sense. I've been told that I may need new front struts, and I get a "thumping" sound from the right rear, such as a wheel bearing, or a bad tire. Tread on tires looks good, but I'm not ruling out a pulled belt in one or more of the tires. From what I can guess, the car has sat for some time in it's past. I also can't rule out the possibility of a bent rim, as the right front wheel cover had a chunk missing out of it. Possible that previous owner may have bounced it off a curb in slippery conditions.
I am thinking of having tires rotated/rebalanced to see if anything changes.
Any thoughts out there of what I might have going on before I start throwing good money at the car trying to solve this?
Oh yeah, when I leave my 3rd shift job in the morning, the car "wobbles" side to side when driving slowly through the parking lot at work.
Thanks in advance.