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Old 03-26-2010, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am going to attempt to replace my inner tie rod ends. Any tips on safely removing the rack boots? How does the vent tube attach to the boots? Do I just pull the tube off? I wish I had new boots on hand just in case.

ALSO, do you need to hold the rack with a wrench when you loosen the tie rod ends? Thanks
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Boot is easy to remove, hard to get to. One spring clamp on the small end and a screw clamp on the big end. The tube just pushes into the boot. There's a tool available at AutoZone and other places for rental that makes removing the inner joint so much easier, it just slides over the rod and allows use of a rachet out by the wheel. I found surprisingly little torque on the joint. You may want/need to drop the rear of the subframe a little to get to it better. No tool necessary to hold the rack itself.
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Are there any pins holding the inners in place or are they just screwed in?

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Boot is easy to remove, hard to get to. One spring clamp on the small end and a screw clamp on the big end. The tube just pushes into the boot. There's a tool available at AutoZone and other places for rental that makes removing the inner joint so much easier, it just slides over the rod and allows use of a rachet out by the wheel. I found surprisingly little torque on the joint. You may want/need to drop the rear of the subframe a little to get to it better. No tool necessary to hold the rack itself.[/b]
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There is a shear pin on the original parts, may not be there if it's been serviced before. Put a little Loctite on the threads with the new parts.
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The boots came off pretty easy. I held the rack with a wrench on the driver's side and they twisted out with the harbor freight tool. Mine were original and I did not notice a shear pin. I retorqued them and used the thread locker that came with the moog parts.

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The boots came off pretty easy. I held the rack with a wrench on the driver's side and they twisted out with the harbor freight tool. Mine were original and I did not notice a shear pin. I retorqued them and used the thread locker that came with the moog parts.

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