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Toyota Camry Steering Rack & Pinion leak

Toyota Camry Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005

Average Mileage: 87,576 mi (30,000 mi - 172,000 mi)


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

  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    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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  •  Rookie

    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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  • Visitor, , 45,000 mi

    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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  •  Enthusiast

    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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  • Visitor, , 147,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 150,000 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 71,800 mi

    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.

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  • Visitor, , 84,000 mi

    need rack and pinion replaced according to the dealer. Apparently moisture around the joint. Expected cost - 1100.00. Don't know if this includes the labor or not. No problems noticed in driving. Problem was found during maintenance check-up.

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  • Visitor, , 120,000 mi

    Carlsbad, CA Toyota dealer noticed a leak and said car needs rack & pinion replaced. I believe the quote was around $1200 or more. Have not replaced yet. They told me to watch the fluid level and top off when needed.
    Bummer! Just sold this car to my son as his 1st car. Now I have to worry about his safety until we have the money to get it fixed.

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