Steering shaft ball joint?

Is there normally a little play at the ball joint at the lower end of steering shaft? My OTK and my friend’s Birel Art both have just a tad of movement.

I would say yes, a small amount of play is common, but these joints are replaceable if the play is excessive.

If there’s a little bit - under 0.05 mm of radial play - you can save it with an NLGI 3 or heavier grease. If there’s more, it’s probably best to replace it before it falls out.

Thanks guys. We’ll go ahead and remove and inspect. I appreciate the quick replies!