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When i start driving my steering wheel starts shaking not real bad though just a little bit i was woundering if that could be the wheel bearings. And my car leaks water from the tale pipe what could be the cause of that. And i was woundering if i could remove the oilpan without removing the motor? By the way i have a 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix SE

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Most of the time the water from the tail pipe is just moisture build up in the tail pipe it shouldent be a problem

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There are a few things you can check. Jack up the fron of your car so both wheels are off the ground and place jack stands for safety. Keep the ingition in the locked position and on the driver side grab the wheel on the front and back. Not try pulling and pushing while doing this look or have someone look for you at the rack and pinion. If the bushing are worn then you will see the tie rod/s move but not the rack. If there is no movement then look at the lower control arm bushings and see if they are worn. You will be able to tell if they are if the control arm is not centered on the bushings. Both these areas will cause some wheel shake and poor wear on the front tires.

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No the wheel bearings are not broken your steering rack and the water at you tail pipe is condensation

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