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Aquaflight 05-09-2012 02:23 PM

Is $1,200 reasonable for fixing a leaking power steering rack?
 
My '09 LGT with a little less than 60K miles has a leaking power steering rack. The dealership has quoted me Edit $900 for a rebuilt PSR (power steering rack plus an alignment) or close to $1,500 for a new one.

Is this price reasonable and would I be better off with a new one vs a rebuilt one?

Thanks,
Aquaflight

captainobvious 05-09-2012 02:35 PM

That seems like the stealership price. Call a few auto parts stores and get prices and then find a trust worthy mechanic to do it for you.

Aquaflight 05-09-2012 03:20 PM

Is there a place where I could find the part online?

Aquaflight

Edit:

What about this one or this one?

Aquaflight 05-09-2012 04:00 PM

The quoted price is actually $900 including the replaced seals, labor, and alignment. They made a mistake when quoting the price. How does it sound now?

Aquaflight

captainobvious 05-09-2012 04:09 PM

Check out www.rockauto.com i have gotten parts thru them in the past. Reasonably priced too.

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Aquaflight 05-09-2012 06:06 PM

Wow, thanks captainobvious. That is a pretty cool site.

It looks like I can get a remanufactured rack itself for around $245.

The dealership quoted install and alignment would be around $500 bringing the total to about $750. Not particularly a huge difference compared with the price of doing everything at the dealership.

Aquaflight

AZP Installs 05-09-2012 08:45 PM

Seems odd that the dealership would rebuild it themselves. 500 is an ok price for the install, it is a royal pita as it is burried in there, and the system needs to be drained, filled and rebled when done.

Only issue with rebuilt units is the risk of getting a bad unit. Then the labor is thrown away. If the part the installer supplied fails, the labor is usually on them.

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Aquaflight 05-10-2012 12:48 AM

Very good point. Thank you for the input.

Sometimes seemingly simple items can be quite difficult to install or repair. I was just a bit surprised that a small leak turned into a $900 project.

I know the mechanic at the dealership personally and I know he does fantastic work. I would honestly trust him more than some random remanufactured steering rack. I will probably just get it done at the dealership.

Aquaflight

FPerron 05-10-2012 07:41 AM

There's no reason a steering rack should leak after 60K. Isn't this under warranty?

AZP Installs 05-10-2012 09:04 AM

It isnt part of the powertrain warranty.

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Aquaflight 05-10-2012 09:33 AM

FPerron,

I lived for a while in an area with extremely curvy roads, we're talking back to back u-turns for 80 miles at times... I also upgraded the swaybars to help handle the curves. Now I live in an area with very intense winter driving with lots of salt, gravel, and very cold days. Do you think the intense steering and winter conditions would be a cause for wear?

Aquaflight

darkside 05-13-2012 08:32 PM

Im in the same boat. Mines leaking to. Autozone has em new w lifetime warranty for$211. Not remanufactured. Thinking of getting its a duralast brand. Not sure if its as good as oem. Wonder how hard it is to rebleed rack.


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