REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
Because the boots are rubber, salt and time can destroy them. Steering rack boots should be checked regularly and replaced when needed. A torn boot can introduce dirt and girt into the steering rack and contribute to premature rack failure.
- Raise and support the vehicle on jackstands Remove the wheel and tire.
- Remove the tie rod as outlined earlier.
- Loosen the clamp securing the inner portion of the boot to the steering rack. If equipped with power steering, remove the hoses from the boot.
- Remove the clip from the outer portion of the boot.
- Slide the boot off the tie rod shaft.
- Inspect the rack shaft and clean any dirt present.
- Slide the new boot on to the tie rod shaft and seat on inner portion of the rack. Tighten the clamp. Install the hose if equipped with power steering.
- Install the clip on the outer part of the boot.
- Install the tie rods as outlined earlier.
- Position and secure the wheel and tire. Lower the vehicle.
- Because the tie rods were removed, have the alignment checked.