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My steering goes mad when driving on rough roads, mostly on left side. a bit like driving a jelly. could this be the springs?

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It is unlikely to be the springs but more likely to be the ancillary suspension components such as the shock absorbers (suspension dampers) and either tired or worn rubber bushings on the the anti-roll (anti-sway) bar and control arms. Some cars are fitted with a steering damper arm and if this loses its damping effectiveness the steering will shimmy about. Bounce on each corner of the front of the car. The body should rebound and come to rest within one and half cycles. If the car continues to bounce the shocks need replacing. Lift the front of the car and remove the front wheels. Inspect the rubber bushings of control arms and shock absorber mounts for wear and annular cracks. Use a pry bar to apply force in order to detect for undue play in linkages and control arms. Check for play in the steering control arms ball joints and in the steering rack itself, including the mounting bolts. Everything should be tight and firm. Anything obviously loose and/or worn should be replaced.

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