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Old 02-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #19
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The 3/9 (or left/right) test really needs to be done with someone holding the steering wheel to eliminate any slop... yet you seem to indicate one side is worse than the other and my wheel definitely doesn't move that much or that freely, so you've narrowed the problem.

Did you get under the car with a flashlight to see what was moving? Mostly likely this is a tie rod issue, which you should fix asap, although you want to be sure before throwing parts at it.

On many cars you'd just replace the inner or outer tie rod ends except on these cars its easier to replace the entire tie rod since apparently it can be difficult to separate the inner from the outer.
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