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Steering jumps left or right while driving. WHeels and tires are ok. I hear there are problems with the steering pump wiring.

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You need to have your speed sensitive steering sensor checked out. What is happening is that a relay adjusts your steering based on the spped you are going. I have has the same problem, and it wasn't noticable at low speeds, but as you increased speed, it would cause the vehicle to jump left or right, as if you were intentionally swerving a pothole. Have a good mechanic look at it and it shouldn't be to costly. Good Luck.22

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