The mechanic showed me the part and had me grasp it and push on it. There was some play in it even with only my hands. It thunks a lot going over bumps, and it handles sloppily.
I had a trip planned to Phoenix, 100 miles and a lot of mountain curves.
I know I am revealing my ignorance here, but I understand that the only dumb question is the one not asked. The question I have is: "Should I make the trip tomorrow, or should I regret to them that I cannot make it safely? (My impression is I should NOT make the trip.)
Many thanks from me, Mr. Clueless!