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Old 03-04-2010, 12:51 PM
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The other day when my truck was running, i noticed a yellowish/green fluid slowly drippin under my truck. having no idea what this could be i took it to the stealership. the checked all the fluids and joints etc and found out the rack and pinion was shot and was leaking fluid. the fluid can not be filled and they say its gonna be 1200$ to fix and align it. Anyone else have this problem? this truck has given me more and more headaches the past 2 months. starting to get rediculous
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Sounds like someone put in the wrong fluid possibly causing the failure.
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well they say the part is 800$ for a new rack. ive been looking online and can get the part for a couple hundred. anyone ever change one of these before?
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The $200 one is a reman unit versus a new unit. It's a pretty simple swap that takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You'll also need to flush and fill the p/s system with ATF+4.
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thanks def gonna look into doing it myself
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Not hard to do at all . You will need to get the front end realigned .
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Sounds like someone put in the wrong fluid possibly causing the failure.
Was wondering that myself, didn't sound right to me, but we did the rack on my ex's Dak, took about an hour, and then we aligned it ourselves, took it to the shop to check it against the machine, and our handywork was well within spec. Good luck!

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Out of all the rack and pinion jobs I have ever done, these are the easiest. The green color might be ultraviolet dye that someone put in to make finding a leak much easier. If you have any mechanical knowledge they are simple. Just get the truck aligned afterwards right away.
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The $200 one is a reman unit versus a new unit. It's a pretty simple swap that takes about 45 minutes to an hour. You'll also need to flush and fill the p/s system with ATF+4.
Don't mean to thread jack, but I also have the same leaky rack issue. So my question is, how would I go about flushing with ATF? And how much would I need to buy to flush it out really good? I am not sure how well my r&r will go, as I would probably have to do it on the ground, but we will see what happens.
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My buddies rack and pinion is gone too on his 05 laramie. I dont recall it leaking fluid tho. I ve heard this is a very common problem with rams.
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