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I already replaced tire rod ends but still it's something like my car is rocking the boat

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Possible causes:
out of balance/bent wheel/tire out of round
damaged or severely worn suspension components/frame
steering stabilizer (like a horizontal shock absorber) if applicable
steering box or rack needs replacement
front end alignment
worn ball joints/ macphereson strut assembly
-these areas are where you should start and eliminate possible causes

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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You need to check the steering rack, rack ends, ball joints, shocks and suspension bushes. Its best for you to ask a friend or someone who knows about vehicles. If any are worn you're taking your life in your hands.

Posted on Oct 02, 2010

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