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

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.

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Average mileage: 167,400 (91,000–220,000)
16 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
25 people reported this problem
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2001 Chevrolet Astro211,000
Idler arms need replacement
2005 Chevrolet Astro100,000
I did not think I had a steering problem. But a mechanic said it was bad. So I had them replaced.
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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