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03 prius rack and pinion

After driving car cross country( 2900 mi) the red triangle light came on with a PS on the screen It drove just fine on highway( had to keep going another 100 mi) but could not steer almost at all off hiway, Gets really tight. But when you first start up all seems ok until you drive a few miles. They say I need a rack and pinion that will cost 1900.  what do you think THANKS

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  • kp0825 Oct 21, 2008

    Yes...after a 3 hour trip the same thing happened to me. My estimate was $1,600 at my local Toyota dealer. I tried looking online for the part and I found one on ebay for $350 but I am afraid to let just anyone fix it. Now around town it is has been fine for the last few days. Did they tell you if it was OK to drive like that for any length of time?

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    I have experienced the same thing. It was able to steer it with a significant amount of effort. After 30 40 miles, the monitor displayed a message, "problem corrected." It has occured since!



    I am guessing that there is some self-correcting software that can provide a correction (via satellite?)



    Great car despite the cost of parts and lack of qualified technicians to have an alternative to the dealers!

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They are right about the steering needing a new rack, who gave you this quote?

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Sound like PS is standing for power steering.try checking your power steering unit for fluid to see if it is low and if it is check for leaks.Garages are out to make money not save you any! LoL

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