and also "SOON" and "IMPERATIVE" the words 2 mechanics used, the "box is leaking and is loose, see how the steering wheel is not straight with the wheels?"
I checked the front end myself, the tie rod ends - both wheels and the drag link, were -not sloppy loose, but loose enough to move easily by hand.
first I cleaned off the grime and oil from the bottom of the engine and around the PS pump and box.
added Lucas power steering stop leak,
I replaced the 3 tie rod ends, drag link, and track bar. and with a proper alignment the wheel and wheels are in line.
now there is no leak at all (obviously was not a leak, but just a seeping) the steering is 'tight' and it is obvious now that the steering box is in good shape.
The Point is: check all the steps between the steering wheel and tires, replace what is obvious, then recheck. No bad intened twords your mech, but sometimes they just seem to look at the wrong things and make errant evaluations.