Why should the rack on the rack and pinion steering have to be replaced at 39000 on 2008 Honda Accord

It is going to cost me nearly $1,000 dollars to replace this

by in Ledyard, CT on August 08, 2012
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2 answers 4 comments
ANSWER by , August 08, 2012
Your car is 5 years old and parts do fail/go bad. What type of problem are you having?
COMMENT by , August 08, 2012
Thanks. Only problem at this time is leaks on driveway and in garage and replacing fluid.
COMMENT by , August 08, 2012
The only repair is to have the steering rack replaced. The seals that leak cannot be replace separately.
COMMENT by , August 09, 2012
Thank you for your response. One of my questions was about the seal.
ANSWER by , August 08, 2012
not uncommon after 5yrs call honda and see if they will help you out $ wise
COMMENT by , August 11, 2012
Actually at the dealer (24 bay shop) we do maybe a dozen racks a year. Most are on cars either with a defect that shows up early on- less than 15K , the others are generally replaced due to an accident , or the cust(or outside shop) put non-honda fluid in it-that WILL cause seals to fail very quickly.Are you sure it's the rack and not a line or fitting going to it?