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Old 02-11-2009, 11:07 PM   #1
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grease boot problems

I installed a complete tie rod and trac bar system on my jeep because the previous owner had wrecked it and when I bought it the steering parts were all bent. My problem is when I put everything together and greased it a few days later I noticed the grease boots were torn. I bought new grease boots and they tore too, so now I have both tie rod ends, trac bar, and pitman arm boots with tears in them. What am I doing wrong here?

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Old 02-11-2009, 11:29 PM   #2
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You go aftermarket or stock replacement?

2 things, one: the original steering was bent, was it the components or something it attaches to?

Two: When you greased it, did they take the grease? How many pumps? The grease dams should have a release for excess grease and you should grease them (especially the first time) until grease starts to escape.

They shouldn't rip unless there is no grease in there or something else is causing it.

Are they ALL torn, or just some?

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Old 02-11-2009, 11:47 PM   #3
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I ordered them from quadratec I think they were from crown. When I got the jeep it was just the parts bent and I did grease them right after I bolted them on. I greased until a little grease seeped out. A few are just torn a little but one looks like it had a blow out of something! I don't know what to do with these, it's frustrating the heck out of me!
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Old 02-12-2009, 09:16 AM   #4
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Well, I've never used those. Maybe you got a bad one or they don't have grease escapes and the excess blows them out.

I'd return them and get something different.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:42 PM   #5
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For TRE's I would use either MOOG or the TRWs that you can normally get at Advanced Auto or Autozone.

With the original steering being bent, did you double check the knuckles to make sure they looked good as well and were not bent or twisted...

How did you assemble them or put back together....

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