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Q: Loose steering wheel/car wandering as I am correcting.

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Just recently had both front axle/cv shafts assembly replaced. Now my steering wheel is loose, and my car starts "wandering" slightly even as I'm correcting and is especially noticeable as I pick up speed on the freeway! Kinda like when you hit a patch of ice while driving in the snow. What do you think is happening? I have a 2000 Nissan Maxima SE.

My car has 177000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. If you recently had service on front end components, but did not have the front end aligned, it’s possible that it’s not properly aligned; which can cause the floating issue you’re experiencing. It’s also possible that a different steering component, ranging from the rack and pinion gear or steering column that is loose. The best way to properly diagnose this issue is have a professional mobile mechanic complete a steering wheel feels loose inspection.

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