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Any Quality Differences In Steering Racks? #3212017
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The steering rack in my 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 is leaking AGAIN for the 2nd, or maybe even 3rd time. The original rack was replaced a long time ago when the truck was maybe 7 or 8 years old with an after market one. I can't recall if that one was also replaced, I'd have to look through my file later at home. Prices seem to vary quite a bit on these things & range from $175 to almost $600 & some with new tie rod ends. I was wondering if anyone else has had better results with one brand lasting longer than another brand? shruggy

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Most are done by Cardone and simply rebranded. Because of that, I'd search for a good used to install.


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Although I am not sure if I want to tackle a project to install a used one. I do see them online a little cheaper used, but not enough of a difference to justify it. Some of the wrecking yards are asking just as much for a used one as a new one.

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Tells you about the desirability of used ones.


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I'm assuming you're talking about an OEM Mopar rack, right?

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Originally Posted by Old_Moparz
I'm assuming you're talking about an OEM Mopar rack, right?


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For new the only option is what the aftermarket offers. That said I would probably buy a unit from one of the big familiar chains. They have very good warranties- usually a no hassle exchange. At least if you have to replace again it will be much more convenient dealing with the brick and mortar store than an online business- and I am a huge Rock auto fan.


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I don't recommend a reman. Buy new if possible. I replaced the rack in my $230.00 1993 Dakota with a reman because the truck was such a cheap beater. Several weeks it broke the input shaft from the column after hitting a Mi pot hole that just appeared over night. It was icy and slick out and also with no steering, it steered and slid right into a light pole. Taking out the pole and totaling the truck.


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Originally Posted by ruderunner

Originally Posted by Old_Moparz
I'm assuming you're talking about an OEM Mopar rack, right?


Correct

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Originally Posted by 2boltmain

For new the only option is what the aftermarket offers. That said I would probably buy a unit from one of the big familiar chains. They have very good warranties- usually a no hassle exchange. At least if you have to replace again it will be much more convenient dealing with the brick and mortar store than an online business- and I am a huge Rock auto fan.

Would probably eliminate any shipping costs, too.


Originally Posted by 6PKRTSE

I don't recommend a reman. Buy new if possible. I replaced the rack in my $230.00 1993 Dakota with a reman because the truck was such a cheap beater. Several weeks it broke the input shaft from the column after hitting a Mi pot hole that just appeared over night. It was icy and slick out and also with no steering, it steered and slid right into a light pole. Taking out the pole and totaling the truck.

I'll have to price them, I'd rather have new.


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Found new Mopar ones for both 2wd and 4wd but, they are $650 to $750 not including shipping. Something to throw out there is find a used rack from wrecking yard and maybe install the seals yourself dependent on how much time you have? A new aftermarket one for about $330 to $400.







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