Well, that would be hard to say
My estimator doesn't show the part or labor for the rack. Could be as much as $500 to $600 dollars.
My suggestion is to go to a couple of reliable shops and get an estimate. Three would be great and then compare and ask for any warranties.
Again, it sounds like that but that is why I suggested taking to a shop to double check. I had one car that also turned hard to the left. You would try to turn turn turn then finally the steering wheel would turn to the left. Eventually the parts in the rack separated and sent it though the power steering pump and jammed it which locked the pulley wheel which made the belt break.
So my suggestion is get the estimates and then compare.
Then you will need to decide if the repair is worth keeping the car. You do have many miles on it so it has been a good car. Remember that a onetime repair doesn't equally new monthly car payments. But if the car is costing you more and more money then maybe it is time. Again, I don't know the condition of your vehicle.
Does this help?
Sunday, August 8th, 2010 AT 9:22 PM