Question about 2000 Saturn L-Series
My teen is looking at purchasing a 2000 Saturn L series 4cyl w/120K. Test drive- power steering growls like it's low on fluid, but fluid is full. Owner reports that he's had to top it off once (his dad owned it as new, so only 2 owners and all service records avail). I'm concerned about possible cost of repair- what can we expect? It could just be air in the line.... but could be worse.... please advise
Could be the pump or the steering gear, those would be my guess. It is possible that its just air in the lines, but I have replaced a lot of L-series racks and unfortunately that's probably what it will end up needing. The rack itself is nothing special, you can get them for a reasonable price in the aftermarket, its the labor that hurts. The time it pays to do this job is much higher than is needed. An experienced tech should know not to charge the full labor time for this job because it can be done in about 1/4 the time, unfortunately there are a lot of inexperienced and unscrupulous techs out there just waiting for an opportunity like this.
Posted on Dec 23, 2008
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