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Old 03-05-2014, 11:15 AM   #51
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Join Date: Mar 2013
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Carbondale, IL
2008 WRX
Lightning Red


You can buy a new pinion valve, the complete assembly, for $250, if you are somewhat mechanically inclined and have some tools, jack, and jack stands you can do this in your driveway in a few hours, if that. The valve assembly is what leaks, the rest of the rack is fine. The hardest part of the fix is not stripping the PS line fittings. It is alot easier to buy a whole new rack, but it will be pricey for a new one, and I don't trust re manufactured ones.
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Old 03-10-2014, 01:57 PM   #52
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Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Atlanta
2009 WRX Sti hatch
Spark Silver


I am just now dealing with this one too! 09 STi with 65K (I did two track days last year). I went to the dealership last weekend and they quoted me $1200 for a new rack!!!
I did just find this thread though and the picture is pretty much exactly how mine looks.


There is a local Subaru specialist near, so I am hoping they can fix the problem cheaper.
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:40 PM   #53
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Ordered one from RockAuto.com I believe it was a A1 Cardone refurbished rack. Its only been a day so far no issues. I read negative reviews about the company along with good ones. So far its holding up well. Cost was $370 will be getting $115 for core return. =
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:07 AM   #54
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2011 WRX


2011 WRX (49,700 mi)

Noticed the leak while performing 50k service. Slow leak at the input valve on the rack. Keeping fluid topped until I take it in.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:49 PM   #55
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Location: Baytown, TX
2010 WRX Sedan


My 2010 wrx started leaking at about 45k miles about a year and a half ago when I was in Alaska. At the worst I had to top it off about every 3 or 4 days. As of a few months ago (now at 61k) its actually slowed down to only filling it every 2 or 3 weeks lol. I think I will go with a reman rack off ebay most likely. A lot of people say they don't trust the rebuilt ones compared to factory, but I mean seriously look at how many failures the stock units are having. I'd rather have a lifetime warranty.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:02 PM   #56
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I would look into rockauto.com I ordered from them and replaced mine about 2 months no issues as of yet.
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Old 05-14-2014, 03:46 PM   #57
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2014 Jeep Wrangler
Hydro Blue


Mine was groaning at about 60k. Replaced under my extended warranty.
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Old 05-22-2014, 06:32 PM   #58
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Location: Marietta, Ga.
2009 WRX


When you guys say your steering was whining was it the actual pump or the pulley freezing and causing the belt to screech? I replaced my pump a couple months ago because my pulley would just stop spinning and cause my belt to scream. Now the same problem is back, New fluid, No leaks (lines, Pump, Rack) anyone else experience this as opposed to the actual pump whine like the fluid is low? Any help is appreciated.
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Old 05-29-2014, 11:06 AM   #59
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Location: Baltimore
2010 WRX (SSM)
Stg "2+" 300hp/360trq


i had this happen to me (pinion valve leak) at around 70 or 80k. i babied it for 10-20,000mi by just keeping the fluid topped off. replaced the pinion valve myself for about $250.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:44 AM   #60
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2011 STi


Just dug up this thread. 2011 STi with 90k (Kms) and same issue. Out of standard warranty, but surprisingly the dealer goodwilled it with a new rack.
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