2006 buick lacrosse rack & pinion defect with 56000 miles
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#1 Mar 13, 2013
After hearing whining sound in my wheels when I would turn a corner,or get on to an highway onramp at about 20 miles an hour I decided to check the power steering reserve. When I open the hood and looked for 10 minutes and would location it, I read the owner manual which pointed out the location next to the coolant reserve tank, but I still would not find it to check the fluid levels. I brough the car to my garage mechanic and discovered the reserve is located 2 feet down from the top of the engine where the cap is covered by the power steering hoses. The steering fluid was removed and had a burned smell, and looked like it was leaking from the hoses. Put the car on a lift and discoverd the boot on end of the rack & pinion was full of power steering fluid. The end results was a new rack & pinion, plus new high pressure hoses, cost estimate $900. After a little research on the internet discoved this is a re-occuring problem with GM cars. I believe this problem would be reduced if the car owner or mechanic would check the fluid levels frequently, like where the brake fluid reserve is located. Like they say out of sight out of mind.
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