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Steering Rack Boot Replacement

By David Sturtz, April 16, 2008

The steering rack boot prevents dirt, moisture, and debris from entering the steering rack. Dirt and debris are harmful and cause premature wear of the steering gearbox and oil seals. There are two steering rack boots, one located at either end of the steering rack.

To replace the steering rack boot, the wheel is removed and the outer tie rod end is disconnected from the steering knuckle. Then the tie rod end is removed from the steering rack end link, the damaged steering rack boot is removed and replaced, and the components are reassembled.

After replacing the steering rack boot, it is advisable to check the wheel alignment.

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