96 Cavalier. 90,000 miles.
If I were to jack up the front end, grab the front tire at the three
and nine o'clock position, and force it back and forth, I will get
some movement. Not a sloppy back and forth slap or slide but
definately some movement. Hard to tell exactly how much. Less than
1/2" at the edge. The movement is not from the outer tie-rod or lower
ball joint. Can not detect any movement whatsoever at these points.
The play is coming from somwwhere beyond the rubber boot.
Same thing on the other side.
Is this normal to have a little play like I describe, or is it
supposed to be solid as a rock? If it is supposed to be solid as a
rock, is it dangerous to drive this way? Or is this a telltale sign
that I have to take it in for inner tie-rod/rack repair?