Steering Rack & Pinion leak on Toyota Camry

The proper repair for a leaking Steering Rack & Pinion is replacement with a new unit.

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Average mileage: 100,152 (152–204,000)
11 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, more2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
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I was told I needed the rack and pinion replaced because of a leak. However, I do not have any signs of a leak on my garage floor and I have not had any problems with steering or noises while turning the steering wheel. I am wondering if I really need the whole thing replaced or not. I was first told of the "problem" about 15 months ago and again just a few weeks ago.
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2005 Toyota Camry52,000
During servicing of the car, the mechanic found a power steering fluid leak and said I had to replace the rack and pinion steering unit between the front tires. He said the part itself cost $560 and the total cost will be $1,400. That seems very steep to me.
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My husband and I bought my 2005 Toyota Camry LE in 2007. Every since I bought the car, I had problems with a squeaking sound when turning the wheel. I was told that some kind of belt gets dry and has to be oiled ever so often. Well, I just had to replace the rack and pinion along with the steering knuckle. I believe that was the problem all along! This has cost OVER $500. Has anyone else experienced this problem?
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2005 Toyota Camry45,000
Boot on passenger side shows signs of leak but reservoir indicates it is more of a weep. Top off(1-2 oz) once a year solves the problem.
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2006 Toyota Camry100,295
Took car into dealership (Ray Adams Toyota in Lees Summit) to get inspection and oil change to renew tags. Go to dealership every 3 months for oil change. Now they say they won't pass the car, and I the power steering rack and pinion is leaking and need to replace to pass state inspection. Parts $976.81 Labor $385 total 1361.81 plus Flush power Steering system $119.95, plus then will need 4 wheel alignment has to be done with rack replacement, another $119.95 for a grand total of $1601.71 I have no drips in my driveway and they have not mentioned any seepage before. Getting 2nd opinion.
Leaking steering rack diagnosed in low-mileage 2008 Camry Solara. Cost over $1000 to repair.
2003 Toyota Camry150,000
I saw the leak myself while the car was on the lift. The mechanic ordered refurbished Steering Rack & Pinion for around $350 and added $400 for labor. Total was $750. I thought that it was steep, but considering what others have paid, I cannot complain. This was done today. All is fine for now.
2003 Toyota Camry62,000
Rack and pinion was leaking. Unit was replaced at 62,000 miles in November 2013 - ten years old and only 63,000 miles. The Authorized Toyota Dealer used a remanufactured (Toyota) part and cost $1,400. In March 2014, the shop reports that the boots have been chewed by something perhaps a rat or mouse. I suspect the boots may be a soy-latex material that attracts rodents. This cost another $350. I am disappointed that the factory original rack and pinion failed at 63,000 miles. It would be a great customer service if Toyota could provide a clamshell boot made out of silicone latex to save owners the expense and inconvenience of such failures.
2005 Toyota Camry71,800
Dealer stated that the steering rack and pinion was leaking, also the water pump. Took unit to a local repair shop for comfirmation. Both has a small leak. The local independent shop replaced units at a lot less expense.
2003 Toyota Camry147,000
Has not been fixed. Toyota dealership recommends only their parts for replacement at a cost of Approx $1800.00 which includes the boots and motor mounts.
2005 Toyota Camry72,005
I took my car in for a oil change and servicing and I was told that the rack and pinion was leaking, the passenger side boot was torn and needed to be replaced. Price quoted was $2001 and includes an alignment. I have not had it fixed yet. From what I've seen here, this price seems too high and I have not been having any problem with the steering. I want to check with other places to see if this price is fair or not and verify that this is an actual problem that needs to be addressed.
2005 Toyota Camry95,000
some techs says need to replace...but 1 said all I need to do was to replace the boots?
2004 Toyota Camry166,000
Took it to the dealership to have it inspected for renewal tags. Notified me of this non issue stating it needs to be replaced to pass inspection. The power steering has had no issues. The power steering fluid reservoir shows no significant loss of fluid. Looks like a cash grab to me.
2010 Toyota Camry43,000
popping in steering and not fixed yet
2005 Toyota Camry120,000
Leak with rack and pinion. Replaced with new unit.
My truck is fixed the rock pinion and cost 680.00 I'm now is liking again 1 year a go
2009 Toyota Camry101,000
2005 Toyota Camry61,000
Noticed oily looking leak on floor of garage. Took to mechanic who showed me all the fluid covering the underside of my car. Said the rack and pinion needed to be replaced. Also suggested that the timing belt be replaced since it needed to be removed during the repair process and would get stretched. Car had only 61,000 miles on it and timing belt had been replaced 6 months earlier due to a water pump issue. Replaced belt anyway, and after all repairs were made, car operates almost as well as it did years ago. The extreme heat in Nevada is hard on cars, so anticipating the battery will be next.
2004 Toyota Camry123,664
Not yet repaired. I'm told the Rack is wet. It would not pass State Inspection. I have to schedule for repair, but I need opinions on the cost of repair.
2006 Toyota Camry90,120
Well, you take your car (always maintained by a dealer service schedule, for the most part and the car runs like a dream, as expected) and then at 90K, as if on schedule, this stupid and meaningless problem (I drive a Honda CRV also and in the past had a Corolla and they had zero issues) problem, steering rack and pinion leak pops up. The service mgr gently walks up to deliver the bad news, 'nothing major' but needs to be taken care of. Like a growing tumor in your body. Cost, 1200 $ or so. I think Toyota is making lemons. Where is the famed zero error Japanese crap that they extol ? The NHTSA should wake up and get involved. JR Avasarala, MD
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