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2003 Toyota Camry Question: My dealer, who I have been going to for 10 years, says I need a steering rack.

 

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DJP56, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Fredericksburg, VA, May 23, 2013, 09:45
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and a valve cover. Both will cost $1450. Is this common for a 2003 camry xle with 97,700+ miles on it?

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    mhoffor from Mike's A to Z Mobile Auto Repair, May 23, 2013, 10:20
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    The rack typicaly will last about 100,000 miles on most vehicles, the seals will start leaking, or inner gear will become loose making for sloppy stearing. The valve cover gasket will also start leaking, on many cars there are tubes tn the canter of the cover that house the sparkplugs, when they start leaking on these vehicles you will see a misfire. I would get another estimate, as the cost seams high, also dont tell the other shop what the dealership found, unless you trust them to be honest, many shops are good, but some will just comfirm what the dealer said and give you a slightly lower price.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (13738 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper May 23, 2013, 13:10
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    very coomon but the price seems high

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    pushrod May 23, 2013, 15:56
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    Not common at all at that mileage!! I own one. What symptoms does it have?

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    Potomac Creek Automotive (12 Answers) , Fredericksburg, VA - (540) 854-1010
    potomaccreek May 27, 2013, 05:54
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    It is common for the valve covers to be leaking, as for the rack it is not very common. I would recommend you get another opinion. We would give you an opinion for no charge and then you can compare prices if need be.

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