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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 98,083 (42,500–152,000)
7 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996
14 people reported this problem
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Pitman Arm worn and can not find replacement
steering is very loose. I have about a inch play in both directions.
Now can't find a replacement part! Discontinued!
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.