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Steering play, think its the steering box


I have had a lot of vibrations in the steering wheel while driving on highways. I've also noticed play in the steering especially if I turn the wheels all the way to either the right or left side.

So some time ago I placed the car on jack stands and inspected the steering and pretty soon noticed that the right upper ball joint was bad. Last week I changed the ball joint, or acctually the upper arm because the ball joint it self is'nt a replacable part.

A lot of the vibrations did go away but I still have som when I drive in speeds around 120 km/h. But this did not affect the play, so today I inspected the steering again.

I first turned the wheels while they were in the air by hand, not with the steering wheel and tried to see if I could notice any play in the steering assembly, but I couldn't see any noticable play.
After this I tried jiggeling the steering wheel back and forth while looking down on the steering box from the engine compartment, I could barely see the steering box to steering column joint or connection, don't really know what it is called.
But it was moving even though there was play in the steering so this suggests that something in the steering box is not working properly and has some kind of play.

My car has about 247 000 km on it (around 153 500 miles).

So my questions are:

1. Does it sound like it is the steering box?
2. Is it a common fault with these cars?
3. Is it hard to replace?
4. Is it worth replacing, I am thinking of buying a used one, I could get it for around $140-250 (live in Sweden)?

Thanks in advance!!!
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The Idler Arm that connects the steering box assembly to the tie rod assembly has a bushing that wears out over time and makes the steering wheel feel loose and vibrate. There is an o-ring /bushing also on the bottom of the steering box by the Idler arm which I think on mine wore out besides my idler arm bushing. But from research it's not as popular as the idler arm bushing wearing out
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