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There is alot of play in the wheels when u drive...pulling to the right side

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At best, you should have the steering checked by an alignment shop since this is a potentially dangerous problem. There are points between the steering wheel and the front wheels that can fail catastrophically resulting in the complete loss of steering control. You can make a rough check with the help of another by having them turn the steering wheel slowly from lock-to-lock while you watch the actions of the front wheels. Make sure your helper has the engine running but transmission in neutral (or Park) and the parking brake on. When doing this, there should be no delay between the wheels which should start movement at the exact same time. If they do not, then you have a wear point that must be found and repaired before it fails. You can also check for wheel bearing wear by grasping the top of each wheel and try to rock it in and out; if you can see any play, then the bearing is severely worn. Don't delay in finding the problem, an employee of mine had his steering fail on the Interstate and it almost killed him.

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SOURCE: my steering wheel is not stright if i turn it

You should take it back to the shop that did the alignment. Making sure the steering wheel is straight is part of the alignment. With there being play you may need to have some front-end work done. Have them check it.

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id say, (i cant drive it or feel it or test it) but...
id say, its too dangerous to drive.
pulls to right. car move to right, with no braking ,rigth>?
ok the right front , wheel bearing is seized or bad rotor/caliper.
gee, jack up front wheel, spin it by hand is it free. or loose or wobbling?
if you dont know how it should feel , then try the left side.

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bad brakes ,or horrific rotor crack (man killer that is) sized caliper pistons or caliper, slider pins seized,
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or road hazard hit front right end parts and its all messed up, (look)
diagnosing on the internet is , well impossible, it takes, hands, eyes and hears. on car and test.

Id already have the wheel off looking not posting.. sure would.
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on his/her sleeve. and save you life and maybe all those folks
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