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Old 02-27-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default '97 LGT tie rod boot tear

I was tracking down a rattle when I saw that my driver's side inner tie rod boot was torn completely around, exposing the connect to ?. This is where I'm lost.

Question: 1.Now that water and debris can enter this end of the tie rod, how long before I SHOULD replace. It can not have been torn for more than month or so since I inspected things not too long ago.

2. Can I replace just the boot with?

3. If I have to replace the tie rod, can I just replace the inner tie rod or do I have to replace the inner and outer?

- inner = $20
-outer = $90

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks also to every one who's helping me with the EGR system question.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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1. you need to check the inner tir rod end for freeplay, if no freeplay is felt, replace the boot as soon as possible and clean any dirt/debris from joint before installing the new boot.
2&3. you can replace just the boot, inner tie rod end or outer tie rod end.

hope this helps.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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Helps me out to the order of $100+, thanks! No play at all. I'm gonna go back to the shop some time this weekend to check again/install a new boot. Is this one of those things where I should replace the other just to be conservative? It's not torn but definitely looks worn.
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Old 02-27-2008, 01:54 PM   #4
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Oh, and do I need to repack the (what does the inner tie rod connect to?) with grease? Any suggestions? Thanks, again
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Old 02-27-2008, 03:15 PM   #5
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usually you don't need to replaced the other boot unless it shows signs of damage. they get torn most of the time because whoever does the alignment twists the boot while aligning and doesn't straighten the boot afterwards which ends up tearing the boot when extended. you cannot pack the tie rod end, although i guess you could try putting some clean grease on the joint before installing the new boot.
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Sounds good. Thanks!
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