steering rack replacement
Do you really have to pull the engine to replace a steering rack on a 2001 Avalon? The garage mechanic says they do and wants $800 to do it.
mitchell says drop stablizer bar and left wheel and it can be removed thru the left side of the car the estimated hous for remove and reinstall is 3.9 hours
sometimes when I complete a turn, the steerring on my 2003 Avalon will not return to center and almost locks where it was turned (all the way right or left) what isa the problem and how do I fix it?
Is the $800 extimate labor only or parts and labor. If total, I would say mechanic is just trying to alay your fear of the high price. Most racks will cost ,through a business giving service and warranty, $200-$400. Then labore of probably $80-$90 hr and Flat Rate Estimate in the 2 to 4 hrs, then re-aline the front end. if FRH noted by mronewolf is right and Im noot too far off on actual cost and that $800 is total. BUT no the engine doent have to come out and that would take about 10-15 hrs of labor to r&r engine. You might ask them how much to take an engine out and replace it, then ask for the reason why its less in replacing the rack.
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