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Old 02-16-2015, 09:10 PM   #1
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Steering Rack replacement.

Hi guys

i have a 2005 320i that started leaking transmission fluid all of a sudden few days ago.

the whole power steering was gone and it was leaking crazy. It was very strange as i drove it no problem, car didn't make any noise, no lights had come on.

All of a sudden, i move out of my garage and i hear a loud grinding noise. At this point i realized the steering wheel all stiff. I check the fluid and it's empty. I drive the car back to the garage and refill the fluid. No help..i drive it thinking the fluid has to circulate. It just made it worse. All of a sudden, the fluid leaks out like crazy.

I got it towed to a shop and they told me the steering rack needs to be replacement. The cost of the damage $1700.. ... is this right?

The shop said that the rack on the passenger side has a leak and only option is to replace it. I gave him the go ahead but I'm thinking i overpaid.

He said the car also needs alignment.

The car is at 132000 km.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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Yep.
Rebuilt steering rack $260 + labor = ?
Unless you are getting "genuine BMW" part.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:53 PM   #3
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Way over charged! The steering rack is so easy to replace. 2 bolts, 1 steering guibo, 2 pressure hoses and 2 tierod ends.

Are they charging you actual time for labor or book where they charge you 8 hours at 1xx per hour and do the whole job in 2 to 3 hours.

This is why i am a fan of DIY!

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Old 02-16-2015, 10:52 PM   #4
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Way over charged! The steering rack is so easy to replace. 2 bolts, 1 steering guibo, 2 pressure hoses and 2 tierod ends.

Are they charging you actual time for labor or book where they charge you 8 hours at 1xx per hour and do the whole job in 2 to 3 hours.

This is why i am a fan of DIY!

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A little more complicated than that. Here's a thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...945&highlight=
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:07 PM   #5
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A little more complicated than that. Here's a thread: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...945&highlight=

NO not complicated at all. He is showing you the exact same things i showed you. He actually replaced his tierod ends instead of just undoing a large nut.

Very simple and does not take too long.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:50 AM   #6
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as posted above, that's Way overpriced unless they're quoting you a steering rack from the BMW dealership. and even then it's still kinda high.

all you need is a rebuilt rack + labor and an alignment after.
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Old 02-17-2015, 03:56 PM   #7
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Update. The shop called and said the steering pump needs to be replaced. Which is gonna cost another $450.

Should I go somewhere else
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Old 02-17-2015, 04:40 PM   #8
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It seems unlikely that you need a rack and a pump all at once. Your symptoms sound like the PS pump shaft broke which is pretty common. I found a new Luk LF30 pump on Amazon for under $300, and then sourced the hoses, reservoir, and seals/washers from a few different places and I think I was still under $450. The labor for that is pretty easy if you can DIY.
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Old 02-17-2015, 05:12 PM   #9
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Unless you went to a destruction derby and took first (or second) place with no power steering fluid, don't seehow you'd need a new rack.

your mechanic is a business man. so naturally he is going to charge you a lot for things you can do yourself. you can repair your car for about 15 subway sandwiches if you DIY. look for a used pump. if you buy a reman pump from your local auto parts store, double your sandwiches. still cheaper than 200 sandwiches+
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