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Toyota Camry Steering Rack & Pinion leak

Toyota Camry Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Average Mileage: 103,392 mi (30,000 mi - 204,000 mi)


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

  •  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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  • , , 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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  •  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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  • , , 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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  • , , 100,295 mi

    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.

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  • Leaking steering rack diagnosed in low-mileage 2008 Camry Solara. Cost over $1000 to repair.

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  • , , 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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  • , , 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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  • , , 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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  • , , 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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