If you weld the steering column swivel adapter, it will no longer be able to swivel.
The steering rack can be adjusted. There should be a relatively large locknut with smaller nut/allen bolt/plain head screw in the middle.
Jack the car up and turn the wheel all the way to one side. Press your chest against the wheel and grasp the rack bellows boot tight enough to feel the inner socket. Have a helper shake the wheel back and forth. You should feel the rack joggling in and out and the tire should wiggle as well. Repeat on the other side.
If the rack doesn't move, adjust for free play. If the rack does move, but the wheel doesn't, most likely the inner socket is worn.
Friday, September 30th, 2011 AT 9:33 PM