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Severe leak in rack and pinion-dumping steering fluid

Bad seal ? on r&p steering ...dumping fluid as fast as you can fill it...is duct tape an option? If not, what will it cost to fix?

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Have you ruled out a leaking hose or hose connection? If so, to replace a rack system on most cars is an expensive repair. The labor rate can be from 70-125 an hour depending on the shops rate, then this is calculated to the over-all time they say will take to complete the job, usually 2.5 hours possibly a little longer and the rack system is about $185.00 -200.00 dollars.

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