Idler/Pitman Arm May Wear and Cause Looseness in Steering on Chevrolet Caprice

The idler arm or pitman arm may wear causing looseness in the steering. When this occurs the front suspension will not be able to be aligned correctly.

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Average mileage: 98,083 (42,500–152,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996
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1992 Chevrolet Caprice 152,000 mi,
Pitman Arm worn and can not find replacement
1992 Chevrolet Caprice 100,000 mi,
steering is very loose. I have about a inch play in both directions.
1993 Chevrolet Caprice 125,000 mi,
Now can't find a replacement part! Discontinued!
1995 Chevrolet Caprice 83,000 mi,
I've always thought the steering was rather vague since buying the car with 60,000 miles, but when it was due for its most recent safety inspection, it failed due to a worn idler arm. The inspecting technician showed me the extra play and looseness present in the arm. The part was reasonably priced and the repair was completed that day.