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I have a ford explorer 2001 xlt. I changed the shocks and had the wheels balanced. Today the car pulled sharply to the left while driving at 60 MPR. What could that be???

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I would have the tie rod ends, ball joints, and the wheel bearings checked. If you jack up the truck one side at a time, place a jackstand under the frame, the jack the lower control up to releive the tension on the ball joints to see if they are loose. The tie rod ends can be checked with both wheels off the ground, check to see if the is any play when moving the wheels back and forth, for the wheel bearings, check for any play from pushing and pulling the top of the tire. Check for any kind of looseness in the suspension. Did you have any uneven tire wear on the tires that were replaced?

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