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: 103,674 (152–413,000)
13 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
2009 Toyota Camry101,000
DEALER SAID $1400.00 TO REPAIR AND SCARED WIFE TO DEATH TELLING HER IT WOULD FAIL AND COST UPWARDS OF $2000.00 IN FURTHER DAMAGED IF NOT REPAIRED. FOUND BRAND NEW PART ON LINE FOR $272.00 AND THEY SAID FIVE HOURS TO REPLACE. A $40,000 CAR STARTS CRAPPING OUT AT 100,000 MILES AND MY 97 CAMRY HAS 340,000 MILES AND HAS NO PROBLEMS! GUESS WHO'S UPSET!
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.
2009 Toyota Camry65,000
Broken and Leaking Right Steering Rack and Pinion Boot
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.
2005 Toyota Camry50,000
oil leak in rack and pinion steering mechanic recommended replacment of unit at estimated cost of $1165
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.
1997 Toyota Camry207,000
Leaking from steering boots on rack.
2005 Toyota Camry80,000
getting brake pads changed, mechanic reported rack and pinion leaking, quoted 1,163. No other symptoms, will place cardboard underneath to check for any potential fluids.
2008 Toyota Camry125,000
My steering makes a cracking noise when I make turns. Had my front shocks replaced as the right side was leaking. Now i was told i need to replace the rack and pinion replaced
2004 Toyota Camry49,000
squeaking sound in front of truck
2006 Toyota Camry114,000
Oil leak at torn R&P boot on passenger side. Replaced R&P assembly
2010 Toyota Camry413,000
2010 Toyota Sienna Power rack and pinion
2003 Toyota Camry50,000
Steering wheel made noises, checked the belt and it was fine. After a few weeks, the noise was louder and the steering became difficult. Had to replace the unit.
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