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Old 08-30-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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Outer tie rod

I've changed out quite a few outer tie rods over the years... never one on the Jeep.

Just trying to get a heads-up on any tips anybody can offer...

I noticed there is a small tear in the rubber boot that holds grease. I know it is only a matter of time before it goes bad...

I also have a small tear in my Pitman Arm...

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Just keep the zerks well greased, that torn boot is no big deal.

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If I grease them every oil change, would that be enough?

I'm trying to figure out how the outer tie rod boot and pitman arm boot both ripped...
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age. And yes...that should be fine. you can replace the boots, buts its not necessary IMO. the boots keep the grease in, and the water/dirt out...so they are good to have in working condition, but if you keep them greased you won't have too much issue.
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Greasing them every oil change will be fine. The boots usually tear from the zerks being overgreased... too much grease pressure inside is what normally splits or unseats the boot.
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Yeah, I over greased the pitman arm a few years ago like an idiot. I thought my grease gun wasn't working so I pumped it several times before I noticed the boot had swelled. I should've paid more attention.

But I don't ever remember over greasing the tie rod....
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like I said age...(I've seen sealed joints with cracked boots, thus age is a pretty obvious culprit)

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