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Vehicle wanders side to side-hard to keep straight

How do you tell if your steering gear is bad?

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Its not likely that the gear is causing the vehicle to pull. the first thing i would check would be switching he front tires and seeing if the vehicle still pulls the same way. if it does then the next step is check the suspension and alignment. if it does not then your tires are the problem. as far as the gear goes the only problem i have ever seen with that vehicles steering gear is leakage. however it is not impossible for a valve problem to cause a pull and the way to check it is get the front tires on jack stands and start the vehicle rev the engine to about 3000 and see if the wheel turns.

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