98 Camry with 98k miles -- rack & pinion leaking. Normal?

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 10:48 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 98 Camry with 98k miles -- rack & pinion leaking. Normal?

I had my '98 Camry have its 90k mile service not too long ago, and now
(maybe a coincidence) I find that the rack & pinion is leaking and
needs to be replaced.

This seems to be quite unusual for a car with such low mileage.

Any opinons? Thanks.
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Old 31 Mar 2006, 11:01 am   #2 (permalink)
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podi2NOSPAM@yahoo.com, 3/31/2006, 11:48:11 AM,
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> I had my '98 Camry have its 90k mile service not too long ago, and now
> (maybe a coincidence) I find that the rack & pinion is leaking and
> needs to be replaced.
>
> This seems to be quite unusual for a car with such low mileage.
>
> Any opinons? Thanks.


My 97 just had a safety inspection done with 118K miles and the
inspector told me it has begun leaking. I haven't seen a drop in fluid
level yet though.

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 01:50 pm   #3 (permalink)
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You can check the rack and pinion fluid level? You're are talking about
steering
fluid level, correct?

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 01:54 pm   #4 (permalink)
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slguy, 3/31/2006, 2:50:53 PM,
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> You can check the rack and pinion fluid level? You're are talking
> about steering
> fluid level, correct?


Yes. Do they have separate fluid compartments?
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Old 31 Mar 2006, 02:01 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, I will check the level this afternoon. Last I looked (I don't
remember well though)
it was ok. But who knows.

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 04:43 pm   #6 (permalink)
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<podi2NOSPAM@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I had my '98 Camry have its 90k mile service not too long ago, and now
> (maybe a coincidence) I find that the rack & pinion is leaking and
> needs to be replaced.
>
> This seems to be quite unusual for a car with such low mileage.
>
> Any opinons? Thanks.


The steering rack and pinion is power-assisted which means there is a
power-steering pump c/w lines and resevoir to supply hydraulic fluid to the
R/P unit. Inside are valves and assist-hyd piston(s). These all need seals
to stop the steering-oil from bypassing under pressure and these seals will
eventually start leaking.

Unless the steering oil resevoir needs regular topping up,..the problem is
as your mechanic says i.e. advisement.

Regular oil-changes will lengthen the life of the seals,..but to what
extent, I'm not sure.

Jason


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Old 31 Mar 2006, 05:00 pm   #7 (permalink)
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After the 90k service I noticed that they over-filled the transmission
fluid, so the puddle
I see in the garage was thought first to be engine oril, transmission
fluid, and then power-steering fluid. I got under the car last Saturday
and found oil splashed all over the under side of the car but couldn't
see the source clearly. I then aimed a torch at the rack/pinion from
the top and could definitely see the oil splashed in this area.

The mechanic sprayed some WD40 and cleaned the underside to identify
where the
'oil' is coming from and asked me to stop by a few days later.

Anyway, I'm a bit disappointed since replacing the rack and pinion will
set me back by, I'd say, $600 or so.

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 08:17 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Unless the steering rack is just dumping fluid (which you usually only see
from the pump and high pressure hose on your model) you should be alright
for a good long time just monitoring the fluid and topping off if
necessary.

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Old 31 Mar 2006, 11:01 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"slguy" <podi.kuruppu@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> After the 90k service I noticed that they over-filled the transmission
> fluid, so the puddle
> I see in the garage was thought first to be engine oril, transmission
> fluid, and then power-steering fluid. I got under the car last Saturday
> and found oil splashed all over the under side of the car but couldn't
> see the source clearly. I then aimed a torch at the rack/pinion from
> the top and could definitely see the oil splashed in this area.
>
> The mechanic sprayed some WD40 and cleaned the underside to identify
> where the
> 'oil' is coming from and asked me to stop by a few days later.
>
> Anyway, I'm a bit disappointed since replacing the rack and pinion will
> set me back by, I'd say, $600 or so.


The time to change your rack is when you can no longer steer the car. I was
in the used car biz, one of the standard auction tests was to turn the wheel
off center. A car with a bad rack would have a pronounced stiffness to it.
Until you get to that point, I wouldn't be sweating it, but I would make
sure any leaky couplings are taken care of ASAP.


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Old 02 Apr 2006, 02:43 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Mine leaked at 117K. Tried www.auto-rx.com for 1500 miles then changed the
fluid using turkey baster method and no more leak.

<podi2NOSPAM@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I had my '98 Camry have its 90k mile service not too long ago, and now
> (maybe a coincidence) I find that the rack & pinion is leaking and
> needs to be replaced.
>
> This seems to be quite unusual for a car with such low mileage.
>
> Any opinons? Thanks.
>



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