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When I turn the wheel it sound like the tie rods are really lose! the car is on 20" wheels and there is no notice of play in the handling of the car! only a crunching sound! power steering is fine! preventive mantance is best!answers please??????????????????????????

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    Greg Bernett May 11, 2010

    Is this for a 99 Gand Prix?



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Check the stabilizer bar, steering knuckles...basically the front end on the trouble side.

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