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Old 01-14-13, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just wanted to tell you guys that, after a long (because my lack of founds) time, i finally replaced the rack.

Because I do not live in USA, i had to look for a cheap provider who doesn't require a core deposit or something like that (didn't make any sense to ship back the broken rack from panama).

the "i don't believe this shit" part of the tale... is that aparently all shops around here are soo commercially spoiled that I had to look like 2 months for someone to swap it. Apparently, even if you bring the service manual; swapping a steering rack does not make business sense... (which is true if you think about the mechanic money output per hour for the shop)

anyway... about a total cost of 630 dollars I finally have it done.

Now I feel the steering wheel too sensitive for my taste... maybe I was used to the lack of response of my faulty rack.
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Wow 630.00 to install and you provided the part. That's a rip off, that's double what the part cost.
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630 total... including part, shipping and handling from wherever to miami, then miami-pty and labor...
i forgot to add 19 bucks for the front wheel alignment so it went like 650 to round up.

dumb question....
how do i hard a bit the steering? it is too soft for my taste... specially after driving my wife new bimmer
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Oh Okay, There is Actually a way to adjust sensitivity: Acura Legend Online Service Manual (Page: 0584)
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Hey guy, I need to replace the rack and pinion too. I just did the P/S fluid change and I noticed it dripping fluid on the rack where the two hoses connected. And I also found the boot was torn too. How much is for the replacement and time needed? I guess ~600-700$? The car has 183k on it and I think it is a good idea to get it replace. Also, should I get the OEM, eBay (remanufature) or let the shop get it. Thx.
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Thx for the link, but do you know how much is to get it replace by the shop. It's getting dark, I have to do a few shopping tomorrow lol
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Labor prices vary, depending on what state your in. It should not be more than 300.00. (in labor)
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Hi, I just check under the car today and it looks like the leak is slowing down. It doesnt constantly leak like yesterday, and it has a few drip after the car is turned off. When the car is cool down, I dont see any leak. I think there was a lots of air in the system when I replaced the fluid yesterday that why it caused the leakage. I try to monitor the fluid level over a few day and replace both rubber boots, and if the leak is minimal I just top it off rather then paying ~$700 to replace the rack.
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Ok I have some bad news..

I poured in ATF as i didn't had chance to get to honda dealer... the ATF were in for 2 days... I flush the fluid and poured in honda OEM PSF... it leaked a bit.

I'm not sure if it is on the pump, hoses or where; but the fluid level on the reservoir has went down.
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Ok I have some bad news..

I poured in ATF as i didn't had chance to get to honda dealer... the ATF were in for 2 days... I flush the fluid and poured in honda OEM PSF... it leaked a bit.

I'm not sure if it is on the pump, hoses or where; but the fluid level on the reservoir has went down.
ATF in the power steering reservoir?! That is not good new. I think you should flush the system so all of the ATF is removed. When I first replace the fluid it was leaking a like mofo, the fluid is boiling so I just left it sit over night. Then the next day I just top it off and it all good now, thx god. Hope your go smoothly.
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Never use anything but Honda fluids, in older cars you could get away with using ATF in power steering systems but not Honda/Acura.

Two days wouldn't hurt anything, flush it and put the real stuff in. If it still leaks then something is loose or you had a leak and didn't know it.
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i flushed etc on wednesday

everything seemed fine until today that I noticed a leak.
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Where did you buy your rack from? The first thing you need to do is find out where it's leaking from.
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