No slack and the fastest I've gone was 70 maybe 75 and that was only once on the highway so not turning. Happens at any speed, although on average I've been at 35-50 mph. I can get a video next time I drive but like a normal car will straighten out when you let go of the steering wheel but the Mazda stays exactly where I put it. I know a dragging caliper will pull, although I wouldn't describe it as pulling, but maybe the worn pad is causing some variation of that.
If it relates to the problem I described when turning left, which I think may be the steering rack, then I'll leave it alone until I've got money burning a hole in my pocket and I feel like replacing that.
Judging by the gash in the wheel it looks like he tried to turn but slide into the median and the passenger side tire was caked in mud but that could've just been from pulling on the side of the road to wait for a tow.
I don't particularly feel like replacing the steering rack lol.
Yeah, you mentioned that. Not having self steer is more bothersome than just being hard to turn left, which isn't too noticeable when driving.
Brake pads and rotors are here, I plan to get them on today. When I was greasing the slide pins, one of the caliper pistons didn't want to budge with a huge c-clamp so hopefully I don't end up needing calipers...
The piston is probably rusty and will no longer fit back into the bore.
Use a dental pick or tiny screwdriver to pull back the dust boot and check the condition of the piston.
It looks like your dust boot is torn and probably let water in.
You may be able to extend the piston out and sand the rust off (don't pop it right out or you'll have to bleed your brakes) but that's not the best idea and the seal may leak at that spot that was rusty when it's fully retracted.
You can rotate your piston to inspect it and maybe clean it.