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Old 11-28-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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While inspecting my tie rod ends for play I noticed that although they seem to have any vertical movement in the joint, they are easy to rotate, and when I rotate them by hand (along the axis of the rod) at the end of play some grease popped out. It didnt look like any grease had leaked out before I rotated all the way.

Is this grease leaking normal? You can see it in the pic

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bump, does anyone know the answer?
Just thought I would check before I go footing a $500 repair bill.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:08 PM   #3
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A little weeping is fine. Grease squeezing out, not so much.

Are these the original tie-rod ends? If yes, how many miles? You can replace these yourself with OEM items or if lowered, a roll-center kit.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:47 AM   #4
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Thanks Big-E, I appreciate your insight.

I'm sitting at 102k on my 04 with the original tie rods (also on yellow springs and Feal struts); so I guess it is about time to replace them whether or not the boots are torn/leaking.
I just thought it was a bit strange that the grease would come out of the boot as I thought the boot was there to keep it all in. I will probably go ahead with the Whiteline kit, just wanted to make sure it wasn't a serious issue as I will probably have to wait a few weeks before the subie shop I usually frequent can schedule me in.

How many miles do you have on your 06? Would you recommend doing the inner tie rods/boots as well?

Thanks again.
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