New to me truck 1992 4wd 3.0L V6, auto, 150K miles. I don't believe it was abused before--street tires, no mods, and it doesn't appear it has been in an accident.
When I bought it, I took it to a mechanic for an inspection. The mechanic came back with a list of things that need to be replaced. I had them do the steering stabilizer, but they also said the idler arm and pitman arm need to be replaced. How can I diagnose this on my own?
When I asked point blank, this mechanic didn't know if the 3.0L V6 is an interference engine or not. There were a couple other things that were questionable about their inspection, so I don't completely trust them.
I don't want to trash my new tires by having bad steering components, or drive something unsafe/unreliable.
Is there a sound or a wobble if either (or both) the idler and pitman arm have gone bad?