How Much Does Rack and Pinion Repair Cost?
You always desire the best performance from your car. In order to achieve this, proper use and regular maintenance is key. All parts of your vehicle perform a specific and unique function; when one of the parts fails, it signals immediate repair.
The rack and pinion, which is a part of the power steering, may fail after few years of use. If you sense that the steering is not as good as it was before, there may be a leak in the rack and pinion. This is the time to go get it checked out.
How much is the typical rack and pinion replacement cost?
- The repair cost includes the price of the rack and pinion as well as the labor cost which will be given to the repair mechanic. Some shops will charge the mechanic fee per hour while others will add a specific amount on top of the rack and pinion price.
- The price of the repair can be $250-$1,500 depending on the cost of a new rack and pinion as well as the time spent by the mechanic to do the repair. With additional repairs such as a tire alignment, most bills are going to be between $500 and $1,500 on average.
- If the leak is not that bad, and applying a leak stop is enough for the rack and pinion to function well, the cost will be lower than that. Generally, this can cost $100 – $300.
- For example, one user had this exact job done on a 2003 Ford Mustang. After everything was said and done, the final cost was $715.
- RackDoctor.net offers a wide range of just the parts price. This is a great place to look around to get a fairly good idea what the part should cost for your model. Remember, you will have to pay an additional $80 to $150 per for a mechanic to install it. This type of job will take anywhere from four to six hours to complete.
What are the extra costs?
- Vehicle owners will incur an extra cost if it is found that, aside from the leaks in the rack and pinion, there are other parts that need repair or replacement too. Sometimes, other parts of the steering may be affected with the malfunctioning of the rack and pinion; hence, it should be repaired as well or else the problem will still linger.
- Some shops are going to charge additional shop fees as well as local sales tax on top of the repair bill.
- After a rack and pinion repair has been done, most mechanics will want to perform an alignment. Some may include the alignment with the bill while others may not. See: “How much does a wheel alignment cost?“
- Like the alignment, a power steering flush may be necessary. A flush can often start at $50, depending on the mechanic’s pricing policy.
What is going to be included?
- The cost includes the labor cost and the cost of the rack and pinion and other things necessary to do the repair successfully.
- During the repair, the mechanic will also check some other parts of the vehicle and may diagnose some problems aside from your complaint about the rack and pinion. Make sure you use a trusted mechanic to ensure you are not paying for unnecessary repairs.
Tips to know:
- The problem with replacing the rack and pinion is that the price can get rather high. If you drive an older car, be sure to analyze the price. You may find that it’s best to junk the car and proceed to purchase a newer car.
- If you plan on getting this job done, it’s best to purchase a new car. Some mechanics may tell you that you can save money by purchasing used, but many people have found that buying a used part can cause more problems down the road.
- When purchasing a part or using a mechanic, always make sure that the labor and parts come with a limited warranty. That way, if a problem does arise, you will be able to fix it.
- If you’re unsure the rack and pinion has caused the problem, you may want to ask the mechanic to show you the part after the job has been performed. By doing this, you can usually be able to detect the damage rather easily.
How can I save money?
- If the problem in the rack and pinion can be resolved without totally replacing it, you can save money since you will not need to buy a new one. This is usually only possible if you check the parts regularly and when the leak is found early.
- Buying a rack and pinion and installing it for your self will give you more savings since you will not pay for the labor cost. Only try this if you are extremely confident that you can do it.
- Looking for stores which offer discounts on purchases as well as comparing the prices from different stores will help you find the best deal.
- Try to steer clear of the dealerships. They often will try to tack on tune ups, oil changes and other unnecessary jobs. It’s best to talk with at least three certified mechanics in your local area to get the best pricing possible.