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02 big bear steering play

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Have an 02 big bear 400 with play in the steering, which is irritating when driven down the road. The bars slop a bit left and right when going straight. Is it something that just needs tightening up? Steering was like that when I got it. I have other issues with this wheeler to fix first, but I thought id see if this was a quick fix. Any help is appreciated, Thanks  

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It’s most likely bad tie rod ends.  It’s a small ball joint (see picture)  that’s connected by the steering to each wheel at the end of the tie rods.   There is also one more connection where the steering rod comes down through the frame and connects to the tie rods. Check there as well.   They are the only two spots that will have a joint that will allow for your problem.   

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