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Recently my truck has been shaking alot rougher in the rear end every time i drive on a semi bad street or if i hita small bump in the road, Any ideas what it might be? Ive looked under the truck and everything looks to be fine nothing seems broken.

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Ck the u-joints, look for , please rate my fix i try that is rusted,or has play sounds like it may be a bad joint

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