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Old 01-21-2020, 05:31 PM
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Loose left tie rod ending?

Does the left (driver side) tie rod end look loose to you guys? Like its slipping downward? Is that gap supposed to be there (see pic with red arrow)?

Last year I had someone put on a new steer kit (drag link and tie rods).

I attached a pic of the way it was before as well as the passenger side for reference. As you can see, there is a "cushion" (sorry for the incorrect terminology) that was there before, but seems to be missing now .

Also here is a video from an old steer test for a clearer pic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9c_...s#action=share

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It looks like the boot is just missing.
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Old 01-22-2020, 02:53 AM
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It looks like the boot is just missing.
Is that something that could have fallen off in the past year due to wear?

Should I look into getting it replaced? Not sure how important it is.
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The boot is what keep dirt and contaminants from getting into the bearing portion of the tie rod end.

I would recommend replacing it at the earliest opportunity. While you might feel the steering get stiff as it wears abnormally, if it were to come apart while you were on the road it would not be fun.

While you are in there, this discussion is worth reading.
https://www.wranglerforum.com/f210/t...t-2388703.html
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Is that something that could have fallen off in the past year due to wear?

Should I look into getting it replaced? Not sure how important it is.
Not having the boot will ultimately decrease the life of the joint. Like rgreen says you should replace it. You can buy them individually. Flush a bunch of fresh grease through the joint right before you install the new boot.

It seems odd for it to have worn out and fallen off within a year but anything is possible. Maybe it was never installed or maybe it was damaged during install and failed prematurely. I'd look at the other boots before you buy new ones in case you need more than one.
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The boot is what keep dirt and contaminants from getting into the bearing portion of the tie rod end.
Which means the rod end is now contaminated and should be replaced. Boot replacement should be limited to boots damaged during maintenance.
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I swear its ALWAYS something with this Jeep. I don't know why I keep putting money into it. smdh.

Here is a link to the original part:
https://www.extremeterrain.com/crown...t-9706-tj.html

Can someone please link me to exactly what I need?

A left tie rod end? It has to be heavy duty to match the rest of the set?

Something like this?
https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugge...E&gclsrc=aw.ds

Or this:
https://www.quadratec.com/products/1...CABEgI19PD_BwE
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Which means the rod end is now contaminated and should be replaced. Boot replacement should be limited to boots damaged during maintenance.
So I contacted the website that I bought it from (extreme terrain) and they said they do not sell a replacement part for either the boot or the tie rod end.

They have tie rod ends, but none that will fit.

If anyone has a suggestion, I would very much appreciate it.
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If anyone has a suggestion, I would very much appreciate it.
Take the necessary measurements and look here to find a match:

https://www.moog-suspension-parts.co...e_rod_ends.asp
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If you need just a temporary solution, Any parts place will sell just a boot. Usually around 5 bucks
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Which means the rod end is now contaminated and should be replaced. Boot replacement should be limited to boots damaged during maintenance.
Contacted the company that makes the heavy duty steer kit I purchased. They are sending me a replacement boot, and told me the part # for a replacement tie rod end. He said I shouldn't necessarily need to replace it, just need to re-grease it (of course I have no idea if he is correct or not).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008VPXYRM...v_ov_lig_dp_it


Question: How would I be able to tell if my tie rod end needs to be replaced? Are there any signs?
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He said I shouldn't necessarily need to replace it, just need to re-grease it (of course I have no idea if he is correct or not).
It's possible that you got lucky and the joint was not contaminated. You might get away with just replacing the boot. But the "school solution" is to replace any component whose boot was lost while in service, since there is no sure way to determine the degree of contamination.

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Question: How would I be able to tell if my tie rod end needs to be replaced? Are there any signs?
Since you have to disconnect the TRE anyway, you could see how tight the ball stud is. If it flops around easily and has play that you can feel, it might be due for replacement. You could also check for lost motion between the TRE and steering knuckle while a helper is exercising the steering wheel.

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