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Chevrolet Astro Idler/pitman arm or center steering link may wear

Chevrolet Astro Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Average Mileage: 186,500 mi (100,000 mi - 220,000 mi)


The idler arm, pitman arm, or center steering link may wear and cause excess play in the steering. If any of these components are replaced, the front end alignment should be checked.

  • Visitor, , 211,000 mi

    Idler arms need replacement

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  • Visitor, , 100,000 mi

    I did not think I had a steering problem. But a mechanic said it was bad. So I had them replaced.

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  • My astro is allwheel drive. I have two Idler-Arms and by design they operate in a slight bind. Iv'e replaced
    both of them at once and the steering is precise again. The steering balls are on the idler-arm not on
    the drag link as usual. They'er about $75.00 apiece.

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