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I was in a car accident(not my fault) They want to scrap the car, but from what I understand is that when I hit the median, the rack and pinion snapped and there may be a leak in power steering because it pours out. Literally. I was thinking I may need to replace power steering pump also. How much should that run me to get fixed?

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The pump should be ok if not damaged, try just the rack first,

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