Steering feels loose

Tiny
BIGBRIAN18
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET 1500
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 241,621 MILES
When I drive my truck it goes down the road smooth and straight but I noticed my steering wheel has play or feels lose or something I got to keep it study with both hands left or right. When it sits still and wheels are sitting still an straight it still has play. 
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Monday, July 9th, 2018 AT 7:15 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi and thanks for using 2CarPros.com.

Play in the steering is usually caused by worn steering components such as inner or outer tie rods, excessive play in the steering gear or rack and pinion, or a worn universal joint in the steering column. Here is a link which describes how the system works and the components involved, including the steering gear and tie rods. Look through it first.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-car-steering-works

What I suggest is to first safely lift one of the front wheels off the ground at a time. Place your hands at 3 and 9 o'clock and move the tire back and forth to see if there is movement. If you have a helper, have that person watch where the movement is coming from on the steering linkages under the vehicle. If you find it is a ball joint, here are general directions for replacement:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/tie-rod-end-replacement

Do this first and let me know what you find. Please keep in mind, any of these components can fail. The result will be a loss of steering, so check them closely.

Take care,
Joe
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Monday, July 9th, 2018 AT 8:38 PM

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