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Inner tie rod end noise/servicing
Posted 29 March 2005 - 02:34 PM
My question is, there seems to be nothing loose, so is it common to simply use my finger to grease this ball and replace the boot and not have to replace the tie rod ball end? There don't appear to be any grease fittings, so is it adequate to just add surface grease with your fingers?
Posted 31 March 2005 - 04:11 PM
Posted 31 March 2005 - 09:48 PM
I don't even know if you can buy a boot. If it's been exposed to the elements, you really need to replace the tie rod.
I think he is looking for this:
Item #3 is called a Tie Rod Boot, and goes for anywhere from $16 to $25. (they are the same for both sides)
Posted 01 April 2005 - 10:39 PM
Posted 01 April 2005 - 11:12 PM
It's conspicuous that there appear to be no grease fittings for any part of the front end suspension - I've never had a car that didn't have fittings. Is periodic suspension greasing unneccessary on Subaru's for some reason?
Posted 02 April 2005 - 09:07 AM
Posted 05 April 2005 - 06:54 PM
Some WD-40 would probably stop the noise. If the ball and socket joint is tight, I'd smear some white lithium grease into the socket for long lasting lubrication, then replace the boot.
harborseal55, I just did the inner tie rod (right side) on a '97 Legacy. My saga started with the same type of creaking noise you described . Upon investigation I found the inner tie rod end boot to be split and the joint was bone dry, causing the creaking/clunking noise. I spend a few hours working wheel bearing grease into the joint to the point where it was free to rotate. After that, I put on a new boot and “thought” I had the problem solved. Well I did solve the original noise. Now about three months later I started to hear a thunk/clunk noise from that side on wash board roads, worse at slow speed (probably could hear it better). Anyhow, the noise was from the inner joint, it still was free to rotate but there was just enough slop to allow it move in the joint, creating the thunk/clunk noise. If you are interested, I can give you some pointers. Again, my experience was on the right side but should be similar on the left.
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