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Power steering drifts over uneven pavement

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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Lift the front of the pickup and try to shake the wheel. If it moves then a part (a bearing, a bolt or a pivot) of the front suspension is loose or worn out. 
If you can't feel it moving tell to another person to move the steering wheel while you hold the wheel. If the movement isn't exact and immediate the problem is in the steering box. For this specific tools are required - it's better to take it to a repair shop, you definitely wouldn't want to gamble with your safety

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