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I am in desperate need of a mechanic’s input. Please help if you can. Long story short but we had a pinhole in the CV Boot of our Honda Civic. We had the CV Boot repaired. The CV Boot was not installed correctly and the shaft came off of the car when my wife made a turn. We took it back to the Mechanic where we had the work done and they repaired it again. They admitted it was human error and they forgot a step when they installed the CV Boot. They apologized, repaired it and put a new (refurbished) axle on the car.

We drove it for a couple of days and noticed something was not right with the vehicles steering. We took it back to them and they said something is wrong with the steering rack but it was probably not related to other work done. The rack needs to be replaced. We took it for a second opinion and they noticed a crack in the transmission housing that was repaired with JB weld. The second Mechanic also said there was a problem with the steering rack. We figure that the crack in the transmission happened with the first Mechanic and they covered it up without telling us about it. The second opinion Mechanic also said that he almost never sees these types of issues with steering racks as it is electronic steering.

Our concern is now we are told we have to replace the steering rack and it is unrelated to other work done. We are extremely efficient and meticulous when it comes to our cars and we always have it in for regular service (hence why we had CV boot replaced in first place). It is a 2012 Honda Civic LX (sedan). Is there any way that the steering rack issue could be related to CV Boot replacement, axle replacement or other work first Mechanic did? Your help is greatly appreciated. We are honest people who just want to ensure we are getting the same honesty and truth from our Mechanic.

Please let me know as soon as possible. Once again, we thank you so much for your help.
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