Play in steering
My ranger has had pretty noticeable play in the steering since I bought it. I can turn the wheel about an inch each direction before it will catch and impact the direction. It does not pull at all, just has a lot of play. The wheel is also off center a few inches.
I was recently told I needed my left ball joint(s) replaced and am planning on having it done in about 2 weeks. Could this be the problem? Could it be the tie rods, or something else?
And on a side note, the manual gear shift seems a little loose as well. When in gear it still has a good 1/2 inch of play....is there an easy fix for this?
1997 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3l 4 cyl, Manual 5-spd, 2WD, Short bed