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Rack and pinion on 2002 camry

I have taken my 2002 camry (40,000 miles) for state safety inspection for sale. Told by mechanic that rack and pinion is leaking–needs replacement $500. Am I being scammed?

We have absolutely no idea as it is plausible but a rarer failure item on cars. $500 seems very low to replace a rack and pinion.

If you believe you are “scammed” get a 2nd opinion.

Get a 2nd opinion. Rare for rack & pinion to fail at 7 years & only 40K miles.