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Old 03-11-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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How to replace tie rod dust boot on 05' TJ

My passenger side tie rod dust boot is not holding grease very well (probably over filled w/grease too many times). I am getting ready for the JJ Texas Spur and that tie rod is gonna take a beating. I purchased energy suspension boots from pep boy's and I plan to replace the leaky boot. Can someone give some guidance on this?? Thanks.

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do you have a pickle fork? if not just loosen the nut on the tie-rod til it's flush with the top of the bolt and smack it a few times with a mallet, should pop out. pull the old dust boot off and slide the new one on. pop the tie rod back into it's hole and tighten it. not to hard bud.

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Old 03-11-2008, 08:00 PM   #3
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Cool, appreciate the advice. Hoaaah!!
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i would say try not to use a pickle fork on a part you are reusing, if its that hard to remove, replace it.
i always take the nut off, and hit the knuckle with a nice BFH ( Big F'n Hammer). this will brake the joint free with out hitting the wearable parts. if that won't work, go ahead and put the not on flush with top, and hit on head, still run rusk of damaging part, if you beat the junk out of the tie rod to get it out, i'd say just replace it, so you aren't doin this work to replace the boot, and then the tie rod goes bad and you start all over.
i do this for a living, but its just my two cents, hope its helpful.
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Definately appreciate your advice. I will proceed with caution. With the Texas Spur Jamboree just around the corner I only want to spend $$$ on maintenance, not replacement parts...
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yes he is right about the pickle fork if your beating on it. But i didn't state that so thats my bad. But you can use it as an easy pry bar to pop it down. dont beat on the pickle fork. If you have to do that then your probally going to want to replace the tie rod.
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Will disconnecting the tie rod and replacing the dust boot have any negative effect on my wheel alignment?? Thanks for everyone's knowledge and patience.
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nope, just popping it out, and back in will have no change. replacing it will completely, even if you measure and count threads, alignment is still a good idea.
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Old 03-12-2008, 03:35 PM   #10
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Great! Thanks again.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:41 PM   #11
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ya if just off and on no need for a alighnment.

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