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Old 09-29-2008, 04:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my power steering has been leaking for quite some time, and I have been repeatedly filling the reservoir about once or twice a month for the last year or so. I brought it in to have it looked at and it turns out the rack and pinion itself is what is leaking. Additionally, my mechanic told me that the tie rods are bent on the right side (my car was in an accident before I purchased it) and recommended replacing them. This brought the grand total with labor to $1200 for the repair. His price on the rack and pinion itself was $650 with labor.

My question is if anyone has bought or knows someone who has bought a refurbished rack and pinion online? I have found one on ebay (along with the same part for different models) for $135 with a core deposit. I just wanted to know if someone has purchased one before and how it worked out for them;

eBay Motors: 1996 BMW 318 318is 318iC POWER STEERING RACK AND PINION (item 320305824344 end time Oct-28-08 23:23:28 PDT)


I would appreciate any help anyone can give me.
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you could always re-furb yours, as for buying one on line, I would not, as if it is defected, it will cost you more than $135, why not go to a breaker and get one close to you, at least if its a bad they will give you another or your money back, read his feedback only 1 bad but!!!!.

Normally when they leak its only gaskets or oil seals which are cents and easy to fit or find a local garage near you that does refurbs, or send yours to a refurb place.
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you should try to refurb it yourself if you can get the bushings. Only problemthat you might run into that since this car was in an accident there might be something else wrong, other than worn bushings. Check the local junkerd Yard... Cheap parts that if don't work, you can always tak them back...
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i had this same problem with my e30 i brought it to my mechanic because i thought it was just a faulty seal with the powersteering that i couldnt find. but he then told me it was the rack and pinion itself. he gave me two options 1. to buy a brand new one from his conect at the dealer which would cost around 550 plus labor 2. to buy a cheaper refurbished one from another of his conects. he wouldnt tell me his connects, hes a bit of an odd fellow. but because i am a college student and dont have much money to throw around i opted for the refurbished one and its been just fine, well until the alternator went out on me last week.
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Well thanks for the advice. I think I am going to check at the junkyards around here and see what they have, if I still can't afford what they quote me I might try this out...
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