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Steering problems The car always has a feel of hydroplaning, and this obviously gets worse in rainy conditions. My 96 Chevy Suburban feels as if the rear end is fish tailing on the street and even more so on the freeway.My wife was recently stopped by the police who thought she was DUI because of this. I replaced the power steering pump a while back due to loss of power. Now this problem has surfaced. Any thoughts?

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Replace sway-bar bushings.

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Has this vehicle passed its annual inspection for safety and roadworthyness ?? sounds like it shouldnt be allowed on a public road .sounds to me like all the ball jionts are worn ,rubber silent block supports are badly worn and this vehicle shouldnt be driven but taken directly to a garage for could kill someone with this ..

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