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    Evening all.

    Long time lurker here but i've decided to post now that I have a pretty substantial issue and I was wondering if you guys can shed any light on it for me.

    The power steering on my 2008 Vectra 1.9 CDTI 150 stopped working the night before I went off on holiday last week. As I was away I booked into Halfords for a free steering check so they could diagnose the problem and they have told me it needs a new Power steering pump and steering rack. They have quoted me £780 for the parts.

    I have brought the car home and out of curiosity wanted to check the power steering fluid and found that the dip-stick on the underside of the cap wasn't even touching the fluid in the well so it was obviously too low. I topped it up but it made no difference to the steering and then half an hour later there was hydraulic fluid all over the driveway so it's pretty obvious that I have got a leak.


    I've now taken the car to the garage that I usually use for any repairs/MOT etc to ask him for a second opinion but I just wanted to put the question to you guys on the forum to ask is it common for the rack and the pump to go together? or is it just a case of you might as well change the rack if you are changing the pump?

    I'll be honest, the car probably isn't worth the money I have been quoted to fix it so I'm currently thinking of either scrapping it or selling for spares & repairs if it is going to be such an expensive job.

    Any help or information you can provide would be much appreciated.

    You should also know I have zero mechanical experience so it's not something I'll be able to do myself.

    Thanks all.

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    sounds like the rack seals have gone and is leaking out through the bellows.. check either end if you can and see if thats where its coming from.. A replacement rack (2nd hand) should be too expensive about £60 - £80 ?? and about £60-£100 for someone to change it at a guess
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    the prices that @plasma gave are the ones that i have heard before... the high price you've got quoted is because they only fit new parts at Halfords... you can't even supply a 2nd hand part for them to fit.. they won't touch it... but take it to a independent garage and they'll fit it for you...

    and yes if the oil leaks out of the powersteering, the pump of it will go especially if it has worked without oil for a while (anywhere from 5 to 15 min.) the pump is a submerged type so it can't handle running dry for too long.

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    If you look on ebay secondhand racks start at £35 delivered...TBH if I were to but one id replace seals etc BUT you can buy a remanufactured one delivered for £100...just an option..

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    Thanks all. Much appreciated.

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