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Wheel is shaking....

When I turn left my front right tire shakes until I start going straight. I just got the coil fixed on it so I know it's not the coil. I want to fix it but I need instrutions badly.

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Spring coils dont get fixed, they're replaced, and it sounds like something is loose..possible axle nut or could be uneven tire wear...scalloped tire pattern.

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Check the ball joints as well as the steering linkage.
If it is already loose, it needs to be replaced. Just send
your feedback thru the e-mail.

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