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Slop in steering components

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I picked up my first 2002 yesterday and going through it deciding what needs changing. Shaking the front tires you can feel there is looseness in the steering components.

I have traced it to the connection between the relay rod and the steering drop arm / pitman arm.

See picture.


There appears to be a bushing between the 2 components, do we think it is a simple and replacing this bushing or is there a lining in the hole on the steering drop arm that could have worn away? Maybe I need to replace the entire relay rod?



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also, did you check the screw atop the steering box? If it's above the locking nut, that has room to tighten slop if the box itself is causing play. There's a proper way to adust it, if you do. (both front wheels off the ground, I believe)

I don't know about the bushings, sorry.


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That track rod's the first weak link- they don't last more than 8 or 10 years...


Yeah, just change the rod- it's kind of a pain. If I didn't have someplace

to work on cars, that would be a job I'd pay someone else to do!


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