Originally Posted by nhrider
So I just came back from my mechanic and he said that there is a leak in the power steering system. I think he said the power steering rack and to fix it is gonna cost $500-$600. Does this sound right to you guys? How big of a job is this and how much is just the actual part?
frankly its not ath hard of a job to do, however the one thing you will need is an alignment after it since you will have to remove the outer tie rods and place them back as close as possible to how they were on the old rack. 500 to 600 sounds actualy about right bought 100 for the part or so then 1.8 hrs roughly to do the job at 100/hr plus alignment sounds about right including flushing of the p/s system. however it is very easy to do on your own, at least i think it is (pepboys mechanic
) however, you still havent gotten to me if it was the pulley or not, normally a rack would make noise not only idling but turning and such plus youd feel it on the floorboard sorta. another way to confirm it would be check it yourself by raising the car and seeing if the rack makes noise.
i just heard the video, it sounds more than anything to me like your power steering pump is making sound, specialy when you were turning, if there is a leak i would get another opinion as to where, since it may not be a leak from the rack but a high pressure hose going from the pump to the rack, which would be cheaper.