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Old 04-29-2007, 21:30   #1 (permalink)
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had a question on a 98 p71..is it normal to have play in the steering if so how much.....i dont think is a tie rod...maby a bearing in the steering colum its self...is this common..and if so wat do i have to do to fix it..theirs alot of play
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Old 04-30-2007, 08:30   #2 (permalink)
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Re: loose/play in steering wheel

found out bearings in shaft were replaced...probaly something in the front end...the car has 140,000 miles on it any people have the same problem with play in the steering wheel?
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Re: loose/play in steering wheel

I had the same problem. It was a just a loose bolt along the steering shaft... I can't tell you exactly where because my dad fixed it for me... apparently when the car was turned off you could still turn the wheel from side to side...and that's when he noticed the loose bolt.
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Re: loose/play in steering wheel

You should check the tie-rods (good info here Autoclinix.com - Tie-Rods).

You should also check the pittman arm. If it's worn and loose it will cause the steering to have significant play.

If you can get someone to turn the wheel slightly while you observe the steering shaft and the pitman arm you may be able to get an idea of where the slack is.
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