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Old 02-21-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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Exclamation Torn steering rack boot....

Hey guys and gals. So me and my buddy were putting whiteline steering rack bushings on last night and discovered that the passenger side steering rack boot is torn. Im third hand owner and the car has 141k+ miles on it. its an 02 wrx. i have no idea how long the boot has been torn. Ive owned the car for 3 years now. it doesnt really feel like there is any grease in it, yet, the steering has always felt the same, there are no odd noises that i can hear or anything. I know that it needs replacing but money is tight. does anyone know a DIY or a link on how to replace it? I tried searching on here and scoobymods but no luck. Thanks for your time.

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Old 02-21-2010, 04:09 PM   #2
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:21 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:23 PM   #4
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Its not supposed to have grease in it. The boot keeps the shaft clean so it doesn't pull crap into the seal and wear it out which would cause fluid to leak out.

Pop the tie rod end out of the knuckle. Unscrew the end from the rod. Take the clamps/bands off the boot and slide off.

I've never done it on a subie but all racks are basically the same.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:51 PM   #5
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yea but new boots are like $51 each at the dealer.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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yea but new boots are like $51 each at the dealer.





















screw it, ill just use duct tape..... KIDDING KIDDING KIDDING i love my car waaaaaayyyy more than that(it gets me around in the snow). Im sure i can pick one up at a car parts store for cheap. A boot is a boot imo.

thanks a bunch (i really need to practice using that search bar. i can find everything im not looking for)
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Old 02-21-2010, 08:18 PM   #7
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I just replaced mine a few months ago. Dealer charges like $36, don't buy the worthless clip they try selling to you for another $5. No autoparts stores sell them either. And you are going to need a really big hose clamp, or something to fit around the wider side of the boot. Also, it helps to put a little grease on the inside of the boot to slide it onto the rack, its a tight fit. Other than that, might be a good time to replace your inner and outer tie rods
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Old 02-23-2010, 05:42 PM   #8
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Thanks Ramon, and happs subi, just found out the same issue, was concerned about repair, not now!!! and will do it myself.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:04 PM   #9
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I also have torn boots on the steering rack (both sides, and I don't know for how long) (97 Legacy, 160K). I just discovered them while trying to find the cause of a rubbing/creaking sound I get when turning at slow speeds after the car is warmed up. Now that I see the boots (both are completely detached from the tie-rod end side clamp, but still attached to the rack side clamp), I suspect the creaking sound is from the rack. Now, I am wondering if I should replace the rack (can't really afford it), or just replace the boots and inspect the seals underneath . Any ideas? Thanks for all the nice tips, here!
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
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Don't replace the rack, just the boots
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:44 PM   #11
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Thanks for the advice. I replaced the boots and cleaned the ball joints on the inner tie rod (they had a light coat of rust or dust, not sure). Added a bit of grease and put new boots on. The sound is not really happening, so maybe the grease did something. The boots went on ok, except getting the wide end of the boot over the side of the steering rack was pretty difficult. A little patience came in handy there.
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