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Rack and pinion replacement, DIY or not?

I own a 2002 Kia Rio. For the past several months I've been having to add steering wheel fluid or it groans every time you turn the wheel. I had it looked at the last time I had the oil changed. The mechanic said the rack and pinion needed to be replaced for $700. Is this a reasonable price? Would this be easy to replace by ourselves or too complicated?

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Depends. Can't tell without seeing it. Try going to my favorite advisor who will help for free and tell you how much it will most likely cost you... Autozone. There is usually an experienced mechanic working there for just this reason. They may even recommend a good and reasonable repair shop locally who they personally trust. Follow their advice.

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