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Old 07-21-2009, 06:03 PM   #1
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So i was doing some work under the car and noticed that my passenger side steering rack boot (not the tie rod boot) is torn up and not sealed. Is there a way for me to fix this at home with a new boot or should i go to the dealer because it might be contaminated?

I have an 03 WRX sedan.

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Old 07-21-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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bump any ideas? i dont want to have to replace the whole steering rack because its expensive, but if i have to i'll suck it up.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:40 PM   #3
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I imagine that as long as the steering feels OK, you can probably get away with just replacing the boot. You're going to have to remove the outer tie rod end to get the old boot off and install the new one, so you're going to have to get the car aligned right after you replace the boot so you don't destroy your tires prematurely.

Also, if you manage to find a new boot, send me a PM, as I need one too and none of the local parts stores stocks them, and the dealer told me that they can't get me one.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:45 PM   #4
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Order off of subaru genuine parts, should be fine w/just replacing the boot. If it was the axle, I'd recommend a new axle and boot. You can do it yourself if you are patient and have the tools. I'm lazy so i took it to my mechanic, just easier w/a lift and air tools.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:10 PM   #5
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if there's no evidence of leaking or scoring of the surface of the rack shaft I'd say you are good to just replace the boot

there should be a crimp-on metal band / clamp as well holding the boot on, make sure you order those too - you can see one here (ignore the other stuff)



depending on where you detach the tie rod you may not even need to align after - i.e. if you pop the outer rod end out of the knuckle instead of separating the inner/outer rods:

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Old 07-22-2009, 07:08 AM   #6
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And if you detach the tierod make sure you mark how many turns you unscrew so you don't mess up your alignment. Just count the turns when you take it off and make sure you turn it the same amount when you put it back together.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:43 PM   #7
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thanks guys
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:13 AM   #8
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Man, I searched for this on the website for a while, and google found it no problem...lol.I have the same issue. Did this fix it for you gando?
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nice $200 tool
works so perfectly
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