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Steering rack boots
Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:56 AM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:04 AM
The hardest part is just having good tools and dealing with rust. The outer tie rod is typically a tricky one to remove. Just have a bunch of good metric wrenches available and interlock them (do you know that trick?) to get some leverage.
Also - be sure to mark the position of the outer tie rod end and count how many times it unthreads from the inner tie rod. It maintains your alignment so you want to install it in exactly the same position. Usually this step is very easy because the shaft that's covered by the tie rod is nice and clean and the rest is obviously rusted/exposed, etc. And the tigthening nut may even stay in place depending how you do it. If any of that sounds confusing, don't worry it's not once you see it.
I've actually replaced tie rods before without even jacking the car up and removing the tire so "technically" this is probably doable without even removing the wheel. But I don't recommend it at all, just an example of how simple it is.
As for play - the joints do have some play naturally, depending which direction you're talking about, they do "wobble" just based on design. But if it's actual play in a direction that's not normal they definitely need replaced. Tie rods are about one of the most dangerous safety components on the car. Loose one of those and you're in for a world of hurt. Not trying to scare you, but there's hardly a part more dangerous - except maybe install a wheel!
Posted 10 September 2009 - 11:27 AM
I found the new boots a little difficult to get started on the threaded end of the tie rod. They didn't slide very easily after that either. The new rubber is obviously very snug. It was also a bit of a pain to get the large end of the boot on the drivers side onto the steering rack itself. There was very little room to get my fingers in there to get the boot on.
grossgary covered everything else. Overall not a bad job.
Posted 10 September 2009 - 12:16 PM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 06:46 PM
Posted 10 September 2009 - 10:40 PM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 10:11 AM
Just going from memory, and not having really examined things closely, I did not think the tie rods would have been readily replaceable. I would have thought they ere only supplied as part of an entire steering rack assembly. Not so? (I know I'me being lazy and not doing my own research).
As for my location, I live in Danielsville, right up against Blue Mountain. I work in Bethlehem.
The car has about 212,000 miles on it.
Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:07 AM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 11:20 AM
Posted 11 September 2009 - 01:12 PM
The FSM also indicates that you use a special tool to remove the tie rod from the rack. Apparantly this is not necessary?
Posted 11 September 2009 - 05:01 PM
I've never used any special tools to remove tie rods before. They're not supposed to be on very tight. It has a jam washer that has a couple tabs sticking off of the side towards the rack, and the outer edge is punched into a recess in the tie rod so it won't twist loose under normal operating circumstances. You give it a good turn with the wrench and the tabs will sheer off. Then it comes off easy as pie. The new rod should have a new washer that you punch/hammer on when the rod is installed.
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