So is my mechanic dishonest, or incompetent?
My 2008 RAV4 developed a “clunk” on turning the steering wheel at low speeds.
Not related to bumps, goes away at higher speeds or lesser turns.
Took it to two separate shops, describing the problem as above. Both charged me ~$100 to dx, which I understand as you have to dig into some complicated stuff in FW drive.
Both stated it was my rack and pinion gear, and the estimate was around $3000 USD. The repair involved removing the engine to get to the part.
(The second one said maybe they could just lift the engine a little and slide it out to the side, and then the cost would only be $2100.
Hmmm… trust that you’d do it for 2100, or expect that you’d charge 3000)
$3K on a ten-year-old car? Gonna be a tough decsion.
I’m planning a long road trip, so I was wondering if the car was safe to take out of town, out of state.
My research utilizing the Intertubes led me to what happens to be a rather common problem with that model of car.
The fix took a hypodermic syringe, about $1 of thin lube, and 10 minutes of my time.
It was NOT my rack and pinion.
So… anyone know a trustworthy mechanic who knows Toyotas in the Cincy area?