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Front shock bumping when driving at 40 miles shock bounces rapidly causing steering to shim or shake

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Are you sure they are shocks and not struts? Have this car put on a rack and lifted off the pavement. Have all the suspension and steering parts inspected throughly. More than likely you will need to replace both the front shocks but it may be something else. An inspection by a pro will verify what is wrong. This can be very dangerous so do not put this off.

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