how hard is this? anyone try this DIY before?
im pretty sure its outside the firewall mateI took a brief look at the steering column. If the damper is inside the firewall, replacement should be no problem. If it's outside, removing the brake master cylinder and booster should give enough access to get to it.
I now believe the rubber damper has indeed been destroyed. There's a rubbery looseness in my steering wheel, that wasn't there before, about an inch or so in either direction from dead center. The car is still perfectly drivable, but there's no millimeter-precision control as there had been before. If it's not that, then perhaps something in the steering rack? But nothing is leaking....