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hi,

Had to r/r the steering gear in my 99 wagon and also my wife 99 sable,
my rack started leaking and hers a few days later, 265K on my car and
165K on hers.

Did my car first as the leak was more severe then her car.

My wheel alignment went just fine, problem was the mechanic at Sears
who did my wife's car must have been training a rookie, took longer
then necessary and he twisted the inner tie rod boots!

Will not be going back to that shop ever again.

Always check your car after anyone else works on it,
I did this after I got home that day and fixed it myself.

Regards
 

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Can't figure how that happened since the rack shaft doesn't turn and the inner tie rods should have had Loctite on them and bottomed out on the threads. Looks like the inner tie rods were not installed right on the rack you installed since it loks like the boots are twisted in the tightening direction.
 

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The problem is the rookie did not take the time to slide off the spring clamp on
each end of the boots, he just loosened the jam nut and rotated the inner tie rod shaft.
That caused the boots to get twisted out of shape.

The tie rod shafts have a ball joint at the nut that attaches the tie rod to the
rack in the steering gear. This allows the tie rod to move with the suspension and
adjustments by rotating the rod shaft to adjust the toe in or out.

I don't have a problem with a rookie learning how to do things but when the mentor don't take
the time to check his work that is not a good thing.
 
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