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Shaking in the front end

I just had my rotors and brakes fixed, I was on my way and I went over a slight bump and the steering wheel started shaking and the truck was veering to the left   What do you think this is

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Usually shaking of the steering wheel brought on by going over a 'bump' is caused by a suspension component problem. Since u just had the brakes done (no history of this type problem before?), I am wondering if possibly something was not tightened properly during the repair (this would have the same effect of a worn component). I would bring it back (carefully) to the service facility, and ask them to check the front suspension components, and explain what happened while driving.
U could check a couple of things yourself, if u want. Jack up one side of front of vehicle, place on safety stand, grab tire at 3 oclock and 9 o'clock positions, try forcing the tire as if u wanted to turn the wheel to the right, and then left., U should not have any 'play' in the wheel. Next, grab the tire at 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock position, try to force the tire in and out . There should be no 'play'. Repeat on the other front tire, if you have movement when grabbing and trying to move the tire, u need ball joints or tie rods. A slight bump in the road should not result in what u describe unless something is seriously wrong. Have this checked asap, as this is not safe. Let me know what u find.

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