96 Steering Slop
So I just picked up a 96 XJ, only my second jeep and the first ive had to work on. Ive got a laundry list to go over with it and will do another thread for it later, but for now, steeringgg. I have play and its stiff. I checked back and forth with the steering wheel and found ~0.25" of play at the tie rod/pitman arm connection. My dilemma is which one is the issue, the arm or the tie rod? I am trying to clean it best I can for a better look, but unless the bolt came loose(I still see the cotter pin, so likely not) I am thinking the hole in the pitman arm is enlarged and needs replacing. On top of that the steering is stiff, turn it and it stays turned, I am thinking the kid I got it from tried to solve the slop by tightening the steering box adjuster and got a littler crazy with it. Anyways, thoughts on the matter before I buy parts and tear into it would be great since I'm a parking lot mechanic right now and broke college kid to boot. Thanks guys.