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Can you make a steering rack hose...

Discussion in 'Ontario, Canada' started by Duffer500, Jun 28, 2020 at 5:48 AM.

  1. Jun 28, 2020 at 5:48 AM
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    Duffer500

    Duffer500 [OP] Member

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    Hi there.

    I have a 2009 Tacoma.. 210km.
    It is leaking power steering fluid.
    I have been told the return (cooling) line needs replaced.

    BUT also the high pressure line is rotten too. I was quoted $1700 for a remanufactured rack and pinion + labour.

    Apparently the pressure line is "fixed" to the rack on some models. Toyota don't offer a replacement hose. My VIN number confirms this.
    $1200 for a rack and pinion at the dealership.

    My question. Can you make a hose?
    Salvage the fittings.

    My usual mechanic says he thinks it's possible.

    Any advice / experiences appreciated!

    Thank you.
     
  2. Jun 28, 2020 at 6:01 AM
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    TenBeers

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    CBI bed rack and sliders, CVT Mt. Shasta, Uniden 520XL, WeatherTechs, TRD CAI, 1Up USA hitch rack, speaker upgrade, Total Chaos bed stiffeners, Warn Hidden Winch Bumper and winch
    That seems maybe a little high, but not too far off the mark. I see the hoses at RockAuto for under $90:

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    For a new rack, pump and hoses it looks to be about $550 in parts. Labor typically 2x parts cost, so $1700 seems about right if they are changing out everything. Oddly, remans seem to be as much or more than new.
     
  3. Jun 28, 2020 at 6:12 AM
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    Duffer500

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    Ah great thanks.

    Yeh the remanufactured ones are pricey.
    I believe you can get some money back for turning in your old one.

    So those hoses you found...

    I also found some, but they are not suitable. For 4x4 model.

    Everyone I talk to in dealerships or garages says you need to replace the whole unit because then pressure hose is a part of the unit.

    What do you think?
     
  4. Jun 28, 2020 at 6:25 AM
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    TenBeers

    TenBeers Well-Known Member

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    Personally, I'd crawl under there and verify. The descriptions on the RockAuto hose parts seem to indicate that there are 2 options, one that covers the Base Model and Pre Runner, and another for the X Runner. Nothing about 4x4, so I just assumed that was covered by the non-X Runner parts. But, the rack parts sometimes get into more detail and nothing specifies 4x4. Maybe the 4x4 part is different?

    Maybe someone else will chime in that has done this repair.
     

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