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Tie Rods, Bushings, Brakes and Rotors

I have a 2002 Dodge Neon ES model and just received the news that I need new tie rods and bushings, as well as brakes and rotors. I put new tires on the car about 2 1/2 months ago and didn't have any problems with then. Does anyone know why something like this would happen so fast? And what the average cost of fixing this would be?


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Why ???? somebody. see you like a rich person. ask you self the steering wheel shakes when you brake. have somebody to helpyou jack the car from the front put the parking brake on move the front wheel side to side(dont losing the nuts from the tire) and up and down you fell some play on both tires maybe you need tie rods

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NUMBER: 19-001-01
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