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Old 10-30-2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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SMB steering issue

Looking for some knowledge before I go poking around and break something.

I noticed last weekend that the rubber seal (boot) at the end of the tie rod has become unseated and allowed the grease to escape. Is there a proper way to reseat the boot or is it a lost cause and I have to replace with new? Best I can determine is that it doesn't seem to be damaged "yet". I have tried to simply push it back into place but it won't stay. Is there a retainer ring or clip on the outside that I am missing?

The picture below is from Geoffff's post but it helps my question. My boot is actually at the opposite end of the tie rod from what is pictured, the one with the grease fitting.


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Old 10-31-2009, 10:24 AM   #2
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Re: SMB steering issue


Not sure if a tie rod end boot can be reseated, but if you're not sure how long ago the boots became unseated, contaminants may have found their way inside.

You should be able to use part of the process I used to remove, and in my case replace the TREs, to at a minimum inspect them and try to reseat the boot if possible.



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Old 11-05-2009, 12:13 PM   #3
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Re: SMB steering issue

Replace the rod ends. Do it right once. Good steering is somewhat important.
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