Steering Rack Replacement - 2004 Tundra

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Old 07-02-18, 07:47 AM
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Steering Rack Replacement - 2004 Tundra

I need to get the steering rack replaced on my 2004 Toyota Tundra (2WD 4.7L) and am wondering if I should buy the rack myself or let the shop handle it. My concern is the shipping to return the core will outweigh any cost savings. I can get an A1 Cardone rack for $250 after core return. I'm not sure how much shipping will be, but I'm assuming upwards of $50. The shop wants $950 for the entire job, which includes a front end alignment. Not too bad, but if I can save a hundred or two by getting the rack myself, I'd like to do so.

Also, the A1 Cardone comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty, but there's a Cardone Select rack as well for $100 more with a lifetime warranty. I'm not sure I'll have the truck for three more years, but it's a possibility. Do you think it's worth the extra $100 for the lifetime warranty?
 

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Old 07-02-18, 08:07 AM
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Have you ever replaced a rack? I was mechanic and would not even try in driveway. Your truck probably has more room than a car. Used to need special sockets to remove inner tie rod ends.Rack may come with them. Remember even if you do at home you will still have about 100 for alignment.
 
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Have you ever replaced a rack? I was mechanic and would not even try in driveway. Your truck probably has more room than a car. Used to need special sockets to remove inner tie rod ends.Rack may come with them. Remember even if you do at home you will still have about 100 for alignment.
I have not, and I don't plan on it. I was suggesting purchasing the rack on my own (from Rock Auto) to save a little, and providing it to the garage for install (yes, they will do that). Probably not worth the hassle.
 
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Old 07-03-18, 04:56 AM
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might look at ebay for a better price if the shop is willing to install your parts.
 
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The steering rack is the most common failure point of the early Tundra's, I owned a 04 4x4 with only 70k on it, and it needed replaced even that young. I believe there was a recall from a class action lawsuit, but I doubt it would still be in effect this many years later. Buy the cheapest model you can from Rockauto or a comparable site and have your shop install it. DO NOT buy it on ebay, it could be a cleaned up and repainted return and simply not worth the risk. I do not remember having a core charge on mine, but a local steel/scap buyer would be willing to give you at least a few bucks for it.
I have spent some time (yes, I installed my rack myself) under the front end of my 4x4 Tundra, it is very tight in there, and would suggest taking it to a shop. It took 3 people under the front to handle that monster, and regret doing in myself in hindsight.
 
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actually most of the sellers are reputable on ebay and have some sort of return policy I have quit using rock auto for the most part and use ebay a lot for parts often they have free shipping, besides new and remanufactured parts they do also often have used parts also but they are clearly listed as being used a lot of salvage yards do list parts on there also.
 
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