I was driving my car with no problem the previous day. When I turned it on again the following morning, there was a faint screeching sound and when I moved the steering wheel it felt a little looser but also jerkier. Then the screeching got louder.
I checked the power steering fluid and found it low, so I filled it up again and it drove fine. Then it started with the above-mentioned symptoms within hours of driving it again so I knew I had a leak.
The mechanic that lives next to me had a quick, informal look at it and showed me, upon turning the front wheels to the right, that the boot/clamp of my rack and pinion was not nicely elongated accordion-style, but a little 'stuck' or 'crumpled' at the top in towards the metal center.
He then told me this was dangerous and I shouldn't drive at high speeds and that the whole rack and pinion would then need to be replaced. His friend quoted me 1100 to 1300 dollars depending on if I went with a used, re-manufactured or new rack and pinion. This includes parts, labor, alignment, and topping up the power steering fluid. I asked if it mattered the mileage on the used rack and pinion and he told me no. This astonished me.
Basically, I would like to know a) why does the whole rack and pinion need to be replaced and not just the boot/clamp and b) does this quote sound high? (The neighbour mechanic then told me that he could do everything for $850 with a new part.)
Thank you so much, I hope I can add an image later on as I believe that it would more sufficiently demonstrate the issue than my limited vocabulary. So I'll try taking a photo of my car and adding it later. I really do appreciate any comments!
have the same problem?
Friday, September 5th, 2014 AT 2:20 PM