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How much side to side movement is normal with the steering rack on these. Mine has about 1/4" to 3/8" at the outside edge of the tire when I try to turn the wheels left or right from the tire. Also there is a "clunk" when I turn the wheel at the end of the "play". I don't know much backlash would be normal. I wouldn't think there should be any side to side movement. I don't recall having any on my ford freestyle.
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I think it would be more important to inspect the vehicle's steering, suspension and driveline components carefully to see whether the play that you've discovered is going to cause a problem. Overall I can't tell you how much play you should have, I think Remerson should have an idea. But a good visual inspection should tell you what kind of condition your truck is in.
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I had a thunk and a loose steering also, told a service mgr friend of mine and he took a look. He determined, in my case, that my pittman arm was REALLY loose. Apparently when my steering gear box had to be replaced, they didn't tighten the pittman arm thoroughly.
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