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91 astro steering column has loose play horizontal and vertical. Still steers ok I just don't want to find myself holding the steering wheel alone unattached on some back road with no cell coverage. Also the gear selector is very hard to move especially back to park...fells like its scraping?

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The bearings in the steering column has gone bad. It would be cheaper to go to your local salvage yard to get a used steering column, they can be anywhere from 50 to 100 also you can go to www.car-part.com

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