@Bobby D posted:
Lane it was built in 2013
I'm pretty sure that means it's an American-built car rather than Brazilian like mine was. That means generally better quality. Danny's post shows the kind of coupler mine had (#2), and I don't think they changed it until the new suspension came out. I can't really tell from your picture, but something's come apart. By the way, if your "wonky steering" means that it didn't always return to center in the same spot and felt kind of disconnected in the middle, then you might need to crank down on the pinch bolt on the shaft out of the steering box. It took me two years before I understood what folks were telling me. It takes an extension on your wrench to get enough torque to do the job. Just hand cranking a regular wrench won't do it, even though it will feel tight.
Is that your problem? I kind of doubt it since you have the in/out shaft movement, but it might be the wonkiness. As for the steering damper, it might be failing or it might not, but I doubt that it's a contributor to either issue. To answer your question, don't drive it until you solve this. That might be overkill, but better safe than sorry. You'll figure it out.