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Rack and pinion and ujoints for front and rear

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MACKT28, Aug 20, 2022.

  1. Aug 20, 2022 at 7:58 AM
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    MACKT28

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    Just got out of the dealership and they told me I needed to replace my rack and pinion. I did see that I have a slight leak on the passenger side. Wondering if this is something I can do myself by chance. They quoted me $2037 to do the job. They also stated that three of my ujoints on my driveshaft are blown going to the rear diff and that job was quoted at $1618!!! Just wanted to get some insight on everyone's opinion.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2022 at 8:19 AM
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    Find a good local mechanic. I've seen a couple of places online where you can buy a brand new rear drive shaft assembly for about $400. You could install yourself in less than a couple of hours with minimal hand tools.
    Not sure about the rack, but I have seen a couple of videos on YT showing how to change one.
     
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  4. Aug 20, 2022 at 11:45 AM
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    Confirm that the rack’s internal seals are leaking and that it is not oil dripping down from above. If it is leaking, I have had success significantly reducing rack/pinion leaks with ATP AT-205.

    The rear driveshaft in a double cab has three u-joints and a center bearing. I’m sure the quote includes all four components, but, the parts are only about $200 for good quality Spicer components.
     
  5. Aug 21, 2022 at 4:40 AM
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    deanosaurus

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    As others have said, a remove/replace of a driveshaft is not difficult and can be done in a couple of hours in your driveway for far less than half the cost the dealer is quoting, even if you literally have to buy the tools to do it - even a cheap compressor and impact gun. If you don't use a complete driveshaft and instead replace the u-joints in your existing shaft, the cost is more like a quarter the quoted price or even less if you just rent a ball joint press.

    A rack rebuild is significantly more complex - removal is notoriously a pain in the ass on these trucks and the rebuild, from what I have read and heard from those who have done it, is also finicky. I do almost all of my own wrenching but when I blew my rack, I opted to have a local mechanic replace with OEM and I'll be rebuilding the old one at my leisure to keep on hand for next time.
     
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