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Worn steering linkage or a worn gearbox check for play in both inner and outer tie-rod ends both idler arms and in extreme cases an excessive negative caster angle can cause the steering to feel loose also check steering sector shaft for missing splines or worn "rag joint" (where applicable) where the steering shaft connects to the gearbox one quick way to check these things is what is known as a dry park check == have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth to the point just before the wheels begin to move and watch the linkage this works best with the wheels on the ground and engine off

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