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Old 04-16-2014, 11:11 AM   #1
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Location: Phoenix Area - East Valley
2011 Impreza WRX 5dr

Default Anyone replace a power steering rack on a 08+ wrx yet?

2011 wrx here with a problem that evidentely has been on my car since I bought it new back in 2011. My first drive up to tortilla flats after doing a lot of twisty turns there was a whining noise which stopped after cooling off. I checked all fluids everything was okay until about 3 months ago it started whining again while driving on the 60. It definitely was steering related since the noise would come on when I turn the wheel. Checked the fluid it was low, put some more in there and the first chance I got I put the car on a ramp and well...there was a big puddle of power steering fluid covering the plastic that protects the undercarriage as well as on the rack itself / hard-lines, etc...

I'm at 50k miles - so outside of my warranty period so it seems I'm stuck at fixing this at my expense now.

So given that...has anyone run into same issues here from Arizona (...I know the problem is widespread across 08+ wrx/stis) and if you did where did you get a replacement rack? I'd love to have the dealership do the job but they want about 1100 which is more than I wanted to spend...new/re manufactured racks are about 350 from what I've seen.

Any input on this?
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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Check out Phoenix Rack and Axle off Washington and 32nd Street, they should be able to get you taken care of. They have good stuff for sure. We use them as alternatives to OEM if the customer specifies aftermarket.

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