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    Loose Steering?

    Hey Everybody,
    Last winter I managed to throw my 06 into a snow bank. Yes, I did a good job of it and luckily nothing broke. However, I am wondering if it is possible for the steering to become loose after such a thing. I was going about 30-40 when I lost control and only because the snow was pretty hard did i not wrap around a tree. So could the snow bank have knocked something off because as I drive around at speed now I feel like the steering is loose and not really communicating like it should. The alignment seems to be good, there are no vibrations except sometimes under heavier braking. Any thoughts?

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    Possibly new bushings needed?

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    First, the vibration under heavy breaking is probably from slightly warped brake rotors, if the vibration is accompanied by a steering wheel twitch, it would be the front rotors; however if it is just a shake through the whole vehicle, it would be the rear rotors.

    The loose steering however is a little harder to diagnose, some easy things to check would be the power steering fluid level, and the belt tension for the power steering pump. If the belt were slipping it could cause a hesitation in the steering, and a low power steering fluid level could do the same, although these are typically accompanied by a squealing noise.

    The belt tension is not very likely since it happened after you hit a snowbank, but you may have popped a hole in one of your power steering lines.

    Aside from that it could be a bent tie rod, a bad bushing, a bad power steering pump, or one of many other parts in the front end that could be bent or broken

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