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Steering wanders will be pulling left down the road, hit a bump and starts pulling right and so on. front and rear bushings and components seem fine

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Mr. Craigie, The front suspension of the grand Vitara has low Suspension with Lower Wishbones mounted on rubber mountings which mostly the rear round mounting rubber splits. Since you said that you hit a bump ,check carefully the rubber mounting. Also check the shock Absorber on both front sides and see whether if any one seized.

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do a visual on your front struts and check for an oil leak/wet strut

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