My Toyota dealer said that my rack & pinion is leaking and that it would cost $1200 to fix it. I can see no indication of any leaks on my garage floor. Could this be a scam?
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2006 Toyota Sienna Question: Leaking rack & pinion
hemicuda October 05, 2010, 14:33Master
The fluid could be blowing back under the vehicle, But you should get another opinion from a independent shop and you can find one here http://repairpal.com/directory?address=85338&car_brand_names=Toyota and you can check rack and pinion replacement cost here http://repairpal.com/estimator?car_type_id=4829
Answer #2ZeeTech October 05, 2010, 16:28Master
hemicuda has a good response.
Do you need to add steering fluid - is the level drops at all? Did you ever hear a noise when you turn the steering wheel?
If the rack and pinion leaks into the dust cover boot it can collect the P/S fluid and you won't notice the leak for a while. Ask an independent shop for a second opinion and if they could show you the leak. There should be no P/S fluid under the dust cover boot.
Answer #3babygoose April 20, 2013, 07:11Rookie
Just yesterday had appt. to check for inspection which is due in 30 days. NYS requires they hook vehicle up to DMV computer as they are inspecting. So they tell me. I was informed the car failed inspection due to a leak in the rack and pinion steering. 3 years ago the steering pump failed on the road and I lost control of steering on a heavily trafficked shopping road in Middletown, NY. This leak is found by taking off wheel to check brakes. $1200 job. I told them off. I should have been informed of all conditions before hooking it up to inspection computer. I am not 10 years old and born under a big old rock. As a 30 year toyota customer and and a consumer one should have the ability to discuss any major issues before informing DMV I am in violation. No more Toyotas for me. They all have the same agenda. Stay alive. Trap those old customers with big jobs. If I find they were fabricating this leak I will be taking them to small claims court for a refund and telling everybody on line what happens to faithful Toyota customers. FYI this is a 2004 fully loaded Toyota Highlander with a price tag of just under 40K originally. I planned on keeping it to 200K miles. All my older Toyotas made it to 200K before retiring them. Might as well buy a cheap KIA and trade it every 3 years. I have spent thousands on maintenance and repairs over 9 years. I could have leased a new vehicle every 3 years.