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Old 07-28-2014, 08:04 PM   #1
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Tie rod end rubber

I was greasing chassis and noticed rubber on tie rod end is cracking pretty bad.
It's still full of grease and there's no play so was wondering if that rubber could be replaced without replacing the whole tie rod end. Any advice on this would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance John Galli
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:15 PM   #2
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Parts should be available , you could try , local auto parts store with your chassis maker name and front axle weights. Replacement, tie rod end , " boot " is the part to ask for.
You will need a special tool to remove the tie rod end without damaging the part, most " fork " tools will damage the metal of the part. Ask about loaner or rental.
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If you can't replace the cracked boot easily, take a trip back in time and fabricate a leather boot to retain the grease and protect the tie rod end. Leather boots were common in the olden days.
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I've got the same problem and when i get around to it...soon, I'm buying a replacement boot and cutting it. I will then use "rescue tape" to hold it in place. It's an experiment, but based on past experience i think it will work.

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