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I'm Gary, i have a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee, when i come to a bump in the road my left wheel begin to shake really bad ,i have to slow down to keep any damage from happening, can you please tell me whats going on ?

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Have a shop look at it. It sounds like lower ball joints, but it needs to be visually inspected.

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