Report: Steering Rack & Pinion leak
Toyota Camry Problem
Model Year Affected: 2005
Average Mileage: 61,333 mi (30,000 mi - 83,000 mi)
The proper repair for a leaking Steering Rack & Pinion is replacement with a new unit.
Visitor, 2005 Toyota Camry, 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.
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.
Visitor, 2005 Toyota Camry, 30,000 mi
slight leak of fluid from somewhere, dealer said it needs new rack and pinion for $1200
Visitor, 2005 Toyota Camry, 65,000 mi
I had the same thing happen to me. there was a TSB about the steering issue. Once it was replaced car drives like a dream.
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?