While standing still, turn the steering wheel left and right rapidly about 1/8th turn each way and watch the front wheels to see if they respond right away. If not, have a helper do that while you watch the steering components underneath. You're looking for movement between the ball and socket of any tie rod end or ball joint. If you don't know what to look for, an inspection at a tire and alignment shop is in order. They will also "read" the tire wear for clues to an alignment issue or worn parts problem.
Also look at the steering gear box for play that can be adjusted out. The clue is that none of the steering linkage will be moving when you work the steering wheel back and forth a little.
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Friday, August 12th, 2011 AT 7:26 PM