I just replaced my rack and pinion steering gear with a "brand new" remanufactured unit from a reputable builder.
Manual steering unit. No hydraulic power assist.
I notice the steering wheel has about 5 degrees of effortless "free play" (slop) with audible clicks when it reaches end of travel. It has exactly the same amount of free play in any front wheel position, i.e. the free play is uniform all along the rack.
I also noticed (from postmortem on the old gear) that there is a fairly easy "free play" adjustment behind the pinion.
Will that adjustment correct it?
Is it normal/expected for a mechanic replacing steering gear to make that adjustment as part of the work?
Given that it's a "new" remanufactured unit with a lifetime warranty, I don't want to void the warranty.