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After mechanic replaced rack and pinion, steering 2nd time steering has more play than before and he suggested replacing the steering column to correct problem. Should I get 2nd opinion?

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Jack up the front of vehicle check for play first by wheel wiggle. the rack and pinion is rare in wiggle wheel bearings, ball joints, is the play or wiggle at a certain speed? correct balance on wheels? road conditions, braking? pulsing? sruts nissans tend to use oem parts sensitive a xtra dollars can save you a trip to the psyc doct lol. replacing the column is a bit drastic there are bushings in column lower. a large STRAIGHT TIP pry bar can detect this tire size after market wheels? play can even result from drivetrain not only suspension, i had acase from a customer i was puzzled. bad motor mount! does the vehicle drift? sops are as good as their equipt. ask about that aswell. good luck

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Get the steering box adjusted, by a different mechanic at a different garage. Check to see if your state has a Consumer Protection Agency. If they do, file a complaint. It sounds like someone's taking you for a ride.

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YES. something maybe loose. it should not feel loose, especially after a rack replacment.

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