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When driving steering wheel shakes and when turning seems to be play? how tofix?

(2000 Dodge Stratus)
in San Antonio, TX on December 30, 2011
happens all the time, when turning from left to right, right to left, there is play in steering wheel so it is very hard to drive striaght, also rear passenger strut/shock is bad, how do i fix the front end problem, and should i replace both strut/shocks in rear?
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on January 25, 2012
Excessive steering play is most commonly attributed to worn tie rod ends. There is a posibility that the Steering gear itself is worn internally. have your wheels balanced and rotated to start with to see if that helps. Tires must be in good condition,(same brand), air pressure set to correct pressure on VECI label (Driver's door jamb). If you are going to replace the reat struts, replace them in pairs.
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