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Trouble when turning, it feels like a flat tire or something is slipping or grinding while turning

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Sounds like you have a bad front wheel hub bearing, usually if bad enough you can check it by jacking up the front wheel-s and see if the tire moves arround when you push on it top and bottom. there should be no movement. If it moves a lot don't drive it, have it repaired.

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