DIY Repair: Rack and Pinion Replacement Cost (USA Average)

DIY Repair: Rack and Pinion Replacement Cost (USA Average)

The rack and pinion, is the assembly that allows the wheels to turn to the left and right along with the steering wheel. A steering gear box will provide heavy duty vehicles with the increased capability of dealing with increased weight stress. 

The system consists of:

  • a main body (housing the rack piston),
  • notched rod (for left and right movements)

The rack is controlled by the steering column which transfers the input from the steering wheel to the rack assembly.

Rack and pinion may be overly blamed for most of the steering issues as when a vehicle is hard to turn in one direction. However, every time there’s a tight steering does not mean that the rack is to blame, as steering pump failure can also bring steering difficulties.

Leaks are also mistaken with a faulty rack, as it is located at the bottom of the car. Any leak that happens above can run down through the rack. Inspect the vehicle to properly diagnose and repair what truly got broken.

 

Today’s cars are more aerodynamic and light, therefore the rack-and-pinion steering isquickly rising in popularity amongst the different types of steering systems.

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Costs

For replacement parts in the USA, the costs will be:

  • Parts and labor: $215-$1049

Total price: $372-$1647

Rack and Pinion Replacement Costs (by place)

Your Mechanic

  • Parts & Labor
  • 12 months warranty

Price: $430 – $1450

Midas

  • Parts & Labor
  • 12 months warranty

Price: $370 – $1340


Mr. Tire

  • Parts & Labor
  • 12 months warranty

Price: $520 – $1610


Walmart

  • Parts
  • Limited warranty

Price: $218 – $506


Amazon

  • Parts
  • Limited warranty

Price: $100 – $403

Rack and Pinion Replacement Costs (by model)


Ford F-Series 

 

  • Labor Price: $142 – $181
  • Part Price: $251 – $402

Total Price: $393 – $583

Chevrolet Silverado

  • Labor Price: $157 – $201
  • Part Price: $215 – $798

Total Price: $372 – $999


Ford Focus Rack

 

  • Labor Price: $189 – $241
  • Part Price: $262 – $397

Total Price: $451 – $638


Toyota Camry Rack and Pinion Replacement Cost

 

  • Labor Price: $583 – $743
  • Part Price: $410 – $904

Total Price: $993 – $1647

Toyota Corolla

  • Labor Price: $472 – $603
  • Part Price: $389 – $893

Total Price: $861 – $1496

Nissan Altima 

 

  • Labor Price: $220 – $281
  • Part Price: $458 – $1049

Total Price: $678 – $1330


Honda CR-V 

 

  • Labor Price: $472 –$603
  • Part Price: $448 – $937

Total Price: $920 – $1540

 

Honda Civic 

 

  • Labor Price: $323 – $412
  • Part Price: $366 – $523

Total Price: $689 – $935


Honda Accord 

 

  • Labor Price: $370 – $472
  • Part Price: $365 – $594

Total Price: $735 – $1066


Ford Fusion 

 

  • Labor Price: $205 – $261
  • Part Price: $671 – $841

Total Price: $876 – $1102

 

 

Steps for Rack and Pinion Replacement

If you want to replace the rack and pinion system all by yourself, the following tools are required.

  • Jack
  • Jack stands
  • Wrenches
  • Ratchet and socket set with extensions
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers or vise grips
  • Hammer
  • Wire brush
  • Tie rod separator or ball joint fork
  • Engine support fixture
  • Power steering filter
  • Power steering fluid
  • Automatic transmission fluid
  • New power steering rack

Once gathering the tools follow the next steps

  1. Begin by ensuring the wheels are not misaligned and the steering column is properly secured. A belt may come in handy to ensure the wheel doesn’t move during the repair.
  2. Remove from the pinion shaft both front tires and the universal joint coupler. Power steering lines and tie rod ends will be taken apart.
  3. Remove from the rack and pinion
  • bushing brackets,
  • assembly (wheel removal) Clean the area, install the new rack and pinion, reverse disassembling process.
  1. Release the air from the power steering system, add up fluid amount as required.
  2. Test the installation, turn the wheel from lock to lock to ensure it turns smoothly
  3. Alignment will then be performed to ensure all the correct alignment angles

If you aren’t confident in your abilities, a rack and pinion repair may be best left to the professionals!

Bryce

Bryce Newell is an automotive enthusiast who loves to write about the latest news, products, and DIY projects. While Bryce is an amateur in the field, he is passionate about cars and has been since he spent weekends in the garage helping his dad rebuild a 68 Dodge Charger as a kid.

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