Generally the rack goes bad, excessive clearence causing excessive play.
This would cause the steering to be loose.
Worst case would be a rack tooth break and loss of steering.
But is depends on what is wrong, rack, pinion, or inner tie rod, case leaking. In any case, I would repair ASAP, and not drive on freeway or at any speed above 40.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 AT 8:24 AM