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AO Silver Member
Join Date: May 2007
Location: United Kingdom
I seem to recall something similar a while ago on here where the MOT inspector confused a little play in the height/reach adjustment system with a worn top bearing.
Make sure the rake/reach adjustment lever is pushed all the way home and hold the steering wheel at 9 & 3 O' Clock position and try and move the wheel up/down and left right. If there's no movement of the steering column itself then there isn't a problem. If the whole assembly moves ( as if the reach/rake lever was released ), then it is possible to adjust the lever.
If you can't detect any movement at all, find a competant MOT testing station or maybe have a word with your local VOSA inspector ( should be details on the MOT paperwork ).
If it really is the bearing, the steering column will have to come out to replace it.