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Power steering and suspension

Steering drifts, especially over uneven pavements. Right wheel feels loose between the steering colunmn and the right wheel. How can I find and fix these problems?

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In a lot of GM and Chevys the intermediate steering link will lose grease and cause a clunk-like feeling while turning and braking. There is a TSB for such a problem. The dealer may still warranty the repair. You can take your truck into a local shop and they'll shake down the front end for about 1/2 hour labor to see if anything is wrong. About 80% of the time a pull is caused by a lateral tire pull or even a bad tire. Check your air pressures as well.

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