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Old 11-29-2020, 03:53 PM   #1
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Grease fitting dust boot ripped

While lubing the chassis, I noticed the dust boot on the grease fitting on the drag link is ripped. (end closest to wheels). What is involved in replacing that fitting? At first glance, it appears the drag link is crimped onto the fitting, it doesn't appear to just screw out like what I'm use to, but I'm going to take a closer look at it.
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:12 PM   #2
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The end may be crimped to the link and not replacable, but if its still OK, you should be able to replace just the boot.
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Old 11-29-2020, 04:18 PM   #3
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Thanks Twinboat,

I cleaned up some of the road crud and took some pictures. If it is threaded in, they bottomed it out as I don't see any exposed threads.

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Old 11-29-2020, 04:21 PM   #4
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Counter-point.


Many many of us, particularly with older coaches have had the rubber boots wear out (just plain denigrate).


Two choices: Replace, or as many of us have done, grease more often and just replace when there is play/wear in the joint.


Drove another 100,000 miles with a torn drag link boot with zero play on our 1993 coach-- just greased more frequently.
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The part you take apart is not threaded into the arm it is a tapered fit.

There is a tool to separate it, you probably can borrow or rent one.

https://www.energysuspensionparts.co...dust-boots.asp
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Thanks for all the suggestions and ideas. I'll put a plan into motion now.
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That end is permanent.

To replace just the boot remove the cotter pin and nut.
Strike the side of arm with large lump or sledge hammer HARD ! Turn the steering to get to the flat surface.

The tapered part will pop loose.

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