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Powersteeringhasplay play in the steering

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Jack up one side at a time and pull and push on the tire to see if there is play on the inside or outside tie rods. There is a larger link on the passenger side bolted to the passenger side of the frame. While you check the passenger side of the tie rods you can see that part too! If the smaller parts look good then the pitman arm attached to the steering box should be hand checked with a helper moving the steering wheel 6 inches or so each way with the engine off. The steering wheel should not have more than 1/2" play within the gearbox.

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