Okay, I'm going back a few years so bear with me. Chances are the steering gear is ok. However, where the steering shaft (from the column) connects into the gear is the problem. If I recall, there are two half moon shape pins that sit in there with the steering shaft. They are what usually wear out causing excessive play. Hold the steering bear still and see if there is play in the shaft where it attaches to the gear. If there is, that is the problem and if I recall, they are cheap to replace.
Let me know wha tyou find.
PS: Sorry I can't remember the exact name. It has been about 10+ years since I replaced them.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 AT 10:37 AM