RE: Loose steering
In my case it was simple. There is an adjustment on the steering box to snug up the slack. On the other hand with 1/4 turn of slack, i'd say you have one or more bad parts in the steering system. To check them out have someone turn the wheel and see what turns/moves. everything should moves at the same time. What takes a bit to move is usually the bad piece. You could be looking at tie rods, ball joints, steering box, and i think trac bar also. I bought an old beat up chevy a few years back and the steering was the same.One tie rod was so bad that it fell apart when being removed. Let us know what you find.