Well the steering was kind of loose, I tightened up the bolts that hold the rack onto the car.
Well now it is making like a clicking/binding noise, I took it to midas, as they can do free inspections, and from what they said, the rack and pinion are binding. Quoted $850 for repair, yeah like I am going to spend THAT much on a car that is worth maybe $1,000
I had not heard this noise before but like I said the bolts were loose so the entire thing was shifting when I would turn the wheel at a standstill and made more noise than just binding, like something shifting.
Basically I have little clue how how long it has been bad like this. Maybe a while but as I said, the rack-shifting noise probably disguised the clicking bind noise.
So realistically, is this something that would likely let loose if I hit a good bump on the highway or at any time? The steering doesn't feel any different than before, same crappy, noisy, hard to move the wheel steering as always. it still steers smooth though, I don't feel like binding points.
I might just sell this car off anyways cause it has numerous problems and things are falling apart left and right, but that is for another thread...