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My steering wheel has a lot of play in it. i was told it could be the gear box. what will hapen if i don't get it fixed and just drive it like this

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You can loose your steering and your going to go for a free ride to where the car will want to go.

Thank you for using fixya and be safe, you can get a rebuilt Steering rack at Auto Zone for much less then the dealer or do the Salvage Yard if money is tight.

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