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Front end feels loose and steering wheel shakes after going over rough terrain... what could it be.

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Tie rod ends or ball joints. Possibly a control arm bushing failure but not as likely. Could also be caused by worn out shocks but usually that causes the truck to bounce up and down after hitting a bump.

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To figure out which tie rod end(s) are bad, you need to jack the front end up and put it on jackstands, or if you have a buddy that works at a shop that can put it on a lift, that is even better.

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Bad ball joints can also cause steering problems. With the front still jacked up, grab a wheel and try and shake it up and down, in and out. If you feel it move, replace both the upper and lower balljoints on that wheel (only one set may be bad, but if so, the other is certainly worn!).

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