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The steering column has too much play. I do not believe it is tie rods or the like because it does not have much play in the steering itself, seems to be in the column itself.

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You could have one of two things wrong with the steering. in between the steering wheel and the steering box there is a rubber grommet that bolt in between the two that wears out and you can buy the part at Ford. To see if this is the problem have someone turn the steering wheel from left to right with engine not running at the same time follow the steering shaft until you see the disk with two bolts in it as the steering wheel is being rocked back and forth if you see the upper section moving and the bottom section not moving right away then you have found the problem. I think it's called a steering wheel damper and you don't have to remove the steering wheel apart to replace it unbolt it and you can slide the new one in. If thats not the problem then you want to check the thrust bearing run out in the steering gear box. to do this you will have to find the Nut on the box that has a Allen head wrench loosen the nut a half turn then tighten the Allen head bolt all the way in not a lot of pressure just get it to bottom out with 3 pounds of tork to the screw then back the screw out 1/2 turn then hold it in place while tightening the lock nut. This should get rid of the problem. If this does not fix it then next wiggle the steering wheel shaft back and forth and watch the pitman arm coming out of the steering box notice if it has any free play, if it does you have a problem with the steering box if it moves at the same time then if it still has the same problem you may have a linkage problem so after you have done the above replacements and or adjustments then contact me and I will help you trouble shoot your issue. I need to know if it has hydrostatic power steering if it does there could be another problem with the spool valve. Let me know and thanks for using fix-ya.

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It is and can be dangerous, see a mechanic unless u can pull it off ur self

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Steering Gear
The power rack and pinion steering gear is serviced as a power steering short rack (3L547). The front wheel spindle tie rods (3280) and tie rod ends (3A130) are serviced individually. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • The power rack and pinion steering gear incorporates quick connect fittings for the power steering pressure hose (3A719) and power steering return hose (3A713) that allow the lines to swivel. This is normal and does not indicate loose fittings.
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  • If the leak is not corrected, replace the fitting seals.
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Section 11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Tie Rod End Steering Gear Installed
Removal
  1. Remove and discard cotter pin and nut from worn tie rod end (3A130).
  1. Disconnect tie rod end from front wheel knuckle (3K185), using Tie Rod End Remover TOOL-3290-D or equivalent.
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11-02: Steering System, Power 1997 Windstar Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Steering Gear Removal
  1. Raise vehicle on a twin post hoist and remove wheel and tire assemblies. Refer to Section 00-02 .


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  1. Support vehicle with jackstands under front jack pads.
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