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I have a 2000 w plate escort, the lower arms have been replaced, tracking checked ok but have steering problems when you let off the power at about 60mph the car swerves all over the place and when you grab the camber of the road also but breakes in a stright line.

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  • andrew_estco Nov 02, 2009

    not sure how to check the cv joints for excessive play
    and thanks for the quick reply

  • Marvin
    Marvin May 11, 2010

    how are the CV joints?



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Any tire shop will inspect the front end for free in most cases, call around, BIG O tire does this for free

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