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Clueless about Rack & pinions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacomagirl_09, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Oct 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    tacomagirl_09 [OP] Member

    Aug 17, 2008
    '96 LX Toyota Tacoma
    4" Pro Comp Lift Kit, K&N Cold Air Intake, Powerade Throttle Body Spacer, Jardine Performance Exhaust, Tow Package, 8" MTX Subwoofer, Cut-out Bushwacker Fender Flares.
    As I was having my 1996 Tacoma inspected for registration, I failed safety due to a leaking rack and pinion. The place told me I needed to have it replaced for $804.00.

    Since then, I've called around to different places and have been quoted pretty similar prices. Then I came across an online store that sells refurbished rack and pinions for $279.95 with a refundable $95 for returning my old core. Making it a grand total of about $190.00.


    My questions to you guys out there are:

    Will this rebuilt rack and pinion work for my 1996 Tacoma? Should I trust it even though it's so much cheaper than what I have been quoted else where?

    How do I know I need the entire rack and pinion and not just a new seal or something? Do they even sell parts for them or is it more like a whole unit deal?

    Thanks! :)
  2. Oct 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    03coma Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    New Jersey
    2015 DCSB TRD, SR5
    TRD Pro Grille, Skid Plate, TRD Cat-Back Exhaust System, 2017 Tacoma Rims, ARE Series II Lid,
    Hey Tacomagirl it is best to replace the entire rack with a rebuilt one. I don't know about that web site you found. I replaced mine with a Toyota rebuilt rack, it was around 400.00

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