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Hit pothole now steering wheel keeps turning - 2000 Pontiac Bonneville

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Posted on Nov 29, 2012

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    amyers1231 Nov 29, 2012

    Should I drive it?

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2012

    Don't know the problem-- but I would say only to the repair shop

  • amyers1231
    amyers1231 Nov 29, 2012

    Thank you

  • Anonymous Nov 29, 2012

    Welcome

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