a new power steering pump and rack

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Old 14 Dec 2006, 12:23 pm   #1 (permalink)
lee.ellen.thornton@gmail.com
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My 93 v6 camry has had a power steering leak for some time now. I keep
fluid in it and I haven't really worried about it until I had an oil
change recently and the mechanic said that I need to get the power
steering pump and rack replaced. He has quoted me $450 for the
maintenence. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of money at the
moment. I asked him what I can do until I can afford the fix- he said
simply to keep an eye on the fluid and come back as soon as possible.

As I said, I've been driving my car with this problem for some time
now. My question is this: has any other system perhaps been damaged
by this leak and the occasional low fluid? I've never had the power
steering fail- the worst that's happened is a scrapy sound when I turn
the wheel. Am I putting other parts of the engine at risk in delaying
any further?

Thanks for any help.

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Old 15 Dec 2006, 04:08 pm   #2 (permalink)
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lee.ellen.thornton@gmail.com wrote:
> Am I putting other parts of the engine at risk in delaying
> any further?

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Power steering pump and rack are independent of other systems. They
have no effect on engine operation other than the power required from
the engine to turn the pump.
The worst, most expensive thing you could do with the power steering
would be to have to replace the pump and rack, so if you're looking at
that now, there's no additional risk apart from having the steering
system malfunction to the point safety is affected.
You should see about having another mechanic clean the old oil and
check to see where the leak is originating. Could be you only need a
hydraulic hose replaced, or the power steering pump or the steering
rack but perhaps not both. The rack is the most expensive part.
This assumes that by keeping fluid levels up, the steering still
operates correctly. If anything happens to prevent you from steering
the car properly you need to park it or fix it, but a slow leak where
you replenish the fluid regularly would be of concern only when
something regarding the effectiveness of the steering changes or you
get tired of the oil mess.

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Old 16 Dec 2006, 01:31 am   #3 (permalink)
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The PS pump, and rack and pinion are the power steering system. It is
separate from the engine and trans. A TN search will find more posts
on leaking PS system.


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Old 19 Dec 2006, 12:25 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I suggest an Electronic Wheel Allignment everytime you play with the
rack and pinions.

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Old 19 Dec 2006, 09:43 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:23:14 -0800, lee.ellen.thornton wrote:

> My 93 v6 camry has had a power steering leak for some time now. I keep
> fluid in it and I haven't really worried about it until I had an oil
> change recently and the mechanic said that I need to get the power
> steering pump and rack replaced. He has quoted me $450 for the
> maintenence. Unfortunately, I don't have that kind of money at the
> moment. I asked him what I can do until I can afford the fix- he said
> simply to keep an eye on the fluid and come back as soon as possible.
>
> As I said, I've been driving my car with this problem for some time now.
> My question is this: has any other system perhaps been damaged by this
> leak and the occasional low fluid? I've never had the power steering
> fail- the worst that's happened is a scrapy sound when I turn the wheel.
> Am I putting other parts of the engine at risk in delaying any further?
>
> Thanks for any help.



Check the PS fluid reservoir daily, and keep it full! (Well, to the FULL
mark, anyway! Filling more than that will cause excess pressure on the
system!)

I drove a Celica for 30,000 miles with a leaky PS pump/High Pressure hose.
The only thing you need to worry about is if the pump has been run dry,
the system will have to be bled, and this places undue pressure on the
rack system. The worst outcome from this is bad inner tie rod ends, which
is a DANGEROUS situation.

If your mechanic is trustworthy and didn't say the tie rod ends were
damaged, then just keep the reservoir full. If you need to fill it more
than once a week, then think about changing the system.
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