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Steering Rack & Pinion leak on Toyota Camry

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 109,733 (152–413,000)
16 model years affected: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, more1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
130 people reported this problem
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
oil leak in rack and pinion steering mechanic recommended replacment of unit at estimated cost of $1165
Leaking steering fluid. Used Lucas and it stopped. Had tires replaced on my sequoia and mechanic said the leak was rack and pinion. But if Lucas stopped leak don't worry until it starts again. Only will cost 950 for all.. replace install align. If ur paying more don't go to the dealer....
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.
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.
I've been told that I have a leak and the Rack & Pinion needs to be replaced. The Toyota dealership quoted me a price of $1400 for a after market Rack & Pinion and $1800 for a Toyota certified Rack & Pinion. I don't know what to do but get another opinion. I asked if this was common and the Toyota Dealership replied "no", although I've learned by reading the reviews that , that is a blatant lie. Other than this, my 2006 Camry has been a Real Trooper. I take many road trips and it has been super reliable. I'm hoping to push over 300,000 miles.
Just took it in for an oil change. Dealer did the overall inspection which included check of power steering fluid level and condition and checking for leaks. Inspection of steering and sway bar components failed due to observation of a leak at the rack and pinion unit. Dealer recommended replacing rack and pinion assembly to the estimated tune of $1,700. I didn't authorize the work. There are zero symptoms being experienced as described by others with this problem (via my internet search). Also no mention of power steering fluid being added and I wasn't charged for it. What do you recommend? Should I watch for symptoms or get a second opinion?
noticed a leak and slight steering knock when turning. took into dealership and they changed the rack and pinion and steering shaft assembly. $2000
I have a 97 Camry 3.0 XLE with 220k miles. Replaced the rack @ 220k miles, due to an ever worsening leak. Now, 10k miles later, the driver side steering boot is torn up (don't know how!) & leaking everywhere, in addition; the drivers side cv axle just went.

The motor mount was replaced @ 220k also (passenger side). It was right there on top & I could have done it myself! My son did it for me & took about 5 minutes, with maybe 2 bolts involved!

I'm a disabled, single mom on a minimal fixed income & have gotten my car knowledge from things going wrong over the years (having brothers who worked on their cars around also). I would do regular maintenance, but have become fairly adept at diagnostics.

I highly suggest that people look up necessary repairs online (you tube videos for almost anything!), buy a Chilton's or Haynes Manual (or if you want to spend the money, get a Toyota Service Manual). You would be surprised at how many repairs you can do & save yourself tons of money!