BMW 128i Steering Rack/Gearbox Replacement at your home or office.

Our mobile mechanics offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

Customer Ratings

(101)

Included for free with this service

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Customer Ratings

(101)

Steering Rack/Gearbox Replacement Service

How much does a Steering Rack/Gearbox Replacement cost?

On average, the cost for a BMW 128i Steering Rack/Gearbox Replacement is $1127 with $693 for parts and $434 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2010 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1865.82Shop/Dealer Price$2231.68 - $3285.32
2008 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1837.89Shop/Dealer Price$2194.17 - $3240.62
2012 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1925.48Shop/Dealer Price$2283.85 - $3331.87
2011 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1837.89Shop/Dealer Price$2194.30 - $3240.84
2013 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1925.48Shop/Dealer Price$2293.38 - $3348.55
2009 BMW 128iL6-3.0LService typeSteering Rack/Gearbox ReplacementEstimate$1837.89Shop/Dealer Price$2195.06 - $3242.18
Show example BMW 128i Steering Rack/Gearbox Replacement prices

What is the Steering Rack/Gearbox all about?

A rack and pinion system uses several large components. This includes your main-shaft, universal joints, and an underlying intermediate shaft which immediately responds to all your steering wheel movements.

This rack and pinion system is designed to make your car’s steering easier to turn with the added help of a power assisted pump or motor. The typical car sold these days now weighs over 3000 pounds and larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs often weigh over 5000 pounds. The steering rack along with this power assist system are what allow you to easily move all that heavy mass between the steering wheel and your tires without so much as breaking a sweat.

Keep in mind:

The steering rack requires heavy and sometimes sophisticated equipment to operate properly. Many of the big and heavy parts that are underneath your vehicle, such as the shafts and universal joints, can gradually wear out over the course of time.

If you feel your steering is tight, chances are your rack is perfectly fine. It’s when your steering feels sloppy, or when you start seeing power steering fluid underneath your vehicle, that an inspection should be done. Also, keep in mind that damage to major suspension parts, such as your CV axles, ball joints, and tie rod ends, can make your steering feel loose and uneven.

This is why it’s a good idea to have your entire steering and suspension system inspected whenever you suspect that there is an issue with your steering.

How it's done:

  • The vehicle is raised and supported on jack stands
  • The tires are removed and tie rods and steering gear disconnected
  • The steering rack and gear box is replaced
  • The system is filled with new fluid, tires reinstalled
  • The vehicle is lowered off of the jack stands

Our recommendation:

If your steering starts to feel clunky or uneven, get it inspected at the earliest possible opportunity. Even a minor issue, such as a cracked seal in between major components, can leak power steering fluid onto your steering rack. This can lead lead to the deterioration or even the complete failure of your steering rack. It’s worth your time to contact one of our top-rated mechanics so that the quickest and most reasonable solution can be pursued for your steering system.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Steering Rack/Gearbox?

  • Sloppy or uneven steering that takes varying levels of effort.
  • Power steering fluid leaks that are usually at the rear of the engine bay or underneath your car.
  • A hard ‘clunk’ noise when you go over large bumps coupled with a feel of being disconnected to the steering wheel.

How important is this service?

Steering is one of those aspects of driving that you never want to shortchange. Often times, a small issue can be due to little more than a leaking power steering hose or a malfunctioning power steering pump. These both tend to be far less expensive repairs than a steering rack.

However, if your steering rack is in need of replacement the consequences of ignoring it can be dire. The worst accidents tend to happen due to the loss of control on a vehicle and your steering rack is the one component that enables your steering to remain precise. If your steering is giving you trouble, it’s important to address it promptly.

Fast and easy service at your home or office

Backed by 12-month, 12.000-mile guarantee


Meet some of our expert BMW mechanics

Real customer reviews from BMW owners like you.

Excellent Rating

(101)

Rating Summary
94
5
1
0
1
94
5
1
0
1

Jeremy

21 years of experience
802 reviews
Jeremy
21 years of experience
BMW 128i L6-3.0L - Oil/Fluid Leak - Boynton Beach, Florida
Showed up and did a diagnostic test --price was $75. He didn't find anything but an oil leak. He was professional an courteous. He said right now I just need a new oil filter and gasket. My only wish is that he had the filter to get the job done but now I have to go someplace to get that done. Definitely would recommend Jeremy. Most likely will use him and this service for future work.

Harish

28 years of experience
588 reviews
Harish
28 years of experience
BMW 128i L6-3.0L - Brake System Flush - Charlotte, North Carolina
Need to be more gentle on the car parts during service, reset the computer service indicator, and dispose the oil eco friendly way. Patients.

Khoa

21 years of experience
402 reviews
Khoa
21 years of experience
BMW 128i L6-3.0L - Air Filter - San Jose, California
He was late. This seems to happen more often than not independent of the mechanic. What adds to the issue is I get texts, emails, etc indicating he is on the way which he was not. I tried to track his movement but he never move. I asked him about it and he indicated he had shut the data off on his phone because it was too expensive. This is not the 1st time I have heard this. YM should pick up this cost or quit advertising that feature. In the future when I schedule an appointment, I will leave 30-60 minutes between my appointment the one before me.

Joseph

18 years of experience
107 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
BMW 128i L6-3.0L - Car is not starting - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Joe did a great job diagnosing the problem and getting the car started! I would recommend him again!

Excellent Rating

(101)

Rating Summary
94
5
1
0
1
94
5
1
0
1
Number of BMW 128i services completed
1111+
services done by our mechanics
TOTAL NUMBER OF EXPERT BMW MECHANICS
1200+
experts on our platform

Recent articles & questions

P3458 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 8 Deactivation/Intake Valve Control Performance
P3458 means that the MAF, MAP, or TP sensors have detected a problem with the cylinders due to electrical, sensor, or oil pressure issues.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Heater Control Valve
Common signs include the heater not working, coolant leaking from under the engine, and no voltage across the heater control valve.
Do I Need to Entirely Replace a Cracked Mirror?
Your Your mirrors are definitely more fragile that your windows, windshield, or rear glass. They’re thin, and the two side view mirrors are exposed to threats on a daily basis ranging from shopping carts in the parking lot to other...

Kia Rio cranks but stutters, revs high but won't accelerate

This is not a common complaint and I would speculate the engine has a major vacuum leak or a mass air tube leak between the throttle body and the sensor. I can only recommend having a mechanic, like one from...

2001 Honda accord ex 4 cylinder stalls when driving

If the crankshaft position sensor has been directly tested, using an automotive scope or real time scanner, and is confirmed to be faulty (as opposed to having a sensor wiring or other fault) it is recommended to replace the sensor...

control arm needs to be replaced as well as tires - can I replace the control arms first and the tires at a later date

Hi Kenneth. Thanks for contacting us tonight. It is best practices to always replace suspension components first, have the suspension aligned and then replace tires after the alignment has been completed. If your tires are showing steel belts, you should...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com