I've been told recently by two seperate mechanics that my rack and
pinion assembly needs immediate attention. I drive a '96 Saturn SL1
with 111k miles. However, I notice no difference in the steering at
all. I notice no strang noises when I steer or anything like that. I
want to know if neglecting a "bad" rack and pinion assembly can really
damage my car? I really don't want to replace something for roughly
$1000 if I can't notice a difference.
I have noticed some things with my car though and I wonder if the rack
and pinion assembly is affecting it in any way (which I seriously
doubt.) My Service Engine Soon light is on constantly (unfortunately
when I arrived both times at the mechanics, it decided to turn off) and
sometimes it runs very sluggish. It got to a point one day where if I
pushed the pedal all the way down, the car would not go above 3500 RPM.
I highly doubt that has anything to do with the rack and pinion, but
is it possible? I change my oil regularly.