What is a Steering Rack?

A steering rack or gearbox bolts to the steering column. A steering rack will mount to the firewall or cross member instead of mounting on the frame rail. A steering rack has the tie rods attached and they bolt to the spindles for turning the vehicle right and left. Most operate using hydraulic fluid that is supplied with the power steering pump.

How much does a used Steering Rack usually cost?

Pricing for a used steering rack or steering gearbox will vary depending on what kind of car you drive. Pricing can range from as little as $50 on up $300 for a high end type vehicle.


Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
1991 Nissan 240sx $356.00 $75.00 $281.00
1985 Nissan Maxima $413.00 $50.00 $363.00
2001 Mazda Tribute $727.00 $100.00 $627.00
2007 Lexus IS250 $1313.00 $300.00 $1013.00
2006 Jaguar XJ8 $758.00 $250.00 $508.00
2000 Chevy Astro Van $465.00 $45.00 $420.00

Things to keep in mind when buying

When order a steering rack or steering gear there are different questions to ask. If it is a steering rack, ask if the tie rods are attached, if the boots are in good shape and do the ball joints look good. A steering gear box may or may not include the pitman and most have a ball joint that needs to be looked at as well.

Installation Tips

Installing a steering rack is usually a lot of work. Always replace the boots on each side of the rack and make sure there is no oil in them, if they are wet the rack is leaking and needs an overhaul. The ball joints should be replaced as well. The steering gear box is typically easier to get to and installation should take less time. You need to get a front end alignment after replacing either of these type parts.

Ongoing maintenance

Keeping your power steering fluid changed will help keep your gearbox or steering rack serviced.