Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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No expert, but manual steering or power? If power, when running does the same thing happen?
It may be a sloppy box and I have read you can adjust, but if you do it incorrectly, damage will result. Keep in mind that these older gear boxes are not like the new vehicles we are used to that are so touchy that when you move it a hair, the whole car veers in the direction you turned it. The idler arm is often one of the culprits that can give the same feeling, but I suppose you have new and a new drag/cross link. I am thinking many of the older cars I drove had play in the wheel as you described and steering wheels were larger which amplified the feeling. I don't know if the fast ratio steering boxes may have "seemed" tighter only because they reacted faster at the box in turning with less turn of the steering wheel.
Hopefully others will chime in with some advice.