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Steering wheel and car shakes when i hit bumps and pot holes. whats the problem?

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  • bharris727 Jul 19, 2010

    What have you checked? This could be from a verity of things. On Jeeps it is possible that your sway bar has come unbolted or the fittings are worn. It is also a possibility that the struts/shocks are bad. How many miles does it have?

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Check to see that the steering damper needs to be replaced,it runs crossways on the steering ,and it looks like a shock.Please rate if this was at all helpful,thank you.

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  • mammanosbest Dec 21, 2010

    it could be the steering gearbox...getting mine replaced on my 1996 jeep laredo. Sounds like you have a similar problem.

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