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    Tie rod's

    2004 V6 170k miles.

    I am having issues with removing either... I want to replace the inner and outer but they both spin inside the rubber bushings. I can not reach the 1 time clip on the inner (furthest) one close to the motor (dust cover) to expose the large nut on the inner tie rod get a wrench on it to remove the entire thing.

    Any ideas?????

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    Figured it out. A long screwdriver and bang the crap out of it until you can get it in between the straps and twist and turn it till it breaks free...This was on the passangers side which was easier to get too. The one on the drivers side was hidden so I cut the boot. Then had acess to the 1 time clamp. $15 bucks for a new boot. Maybe I could have reached it better had I not been in a rush but it is all going back together

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    all you have to do is turn the wheel to one side and then the other to get access to the clamps 'o' doom, never a need to cut the boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JayTheSnork View Post
    all you have to do is turn the wheel to one side and then the other to get access to the clamps 'o' doom, never a need to cut the boot.
    Yea we tried that but the 1 time clamp was put on in a way that we couldn't see it let alone get to it. Maybe we didn't turn the wheel enough? I just wanted to get the new ones on.

    Hopefully I will have time for an alignment today and when their at it they can put the new boot on. Tight now it's got a plastic bag zipped tied to it to keep grime off the rack/ pinion shaft.

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    This is the 3rd boot I have tried to use and this one from the dealer isn't right!!!!! I am having issues with the inner size on the boot. Where it connects to the trans. It's either way too small or too big.

    Any ides?? Is there a # or ID tag on a steering rack that will point me towards the right boot?

    Thank you

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    You mean where it slips onto the steering rack?

    It's a tight fit and can be a bit fiddly to get on, but it is possible. I use zip ties to replace the clamps.

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    Yes where it goes on the rack. The boot end is either too small (will fit inside the rack) or it's too big (the boot bunches up when you clamp it down.....

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    Asking for help on this again. Are there different racks that came on the 2004 GLX V6 with automatic?

    I really need to find the correct boot. I hate driving it with only the smaller end clamped down

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    Are these the part numbers you got?

    8D0419831K right
    4D0419831E left
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    Yes the one I got from CARQUEST ends with the k and that is the one that isn't fitting. Guess that one is for the passenger side.

    The one I got from the dealer ends with the E so I'm hoping that one is the correct one. Even though it doesn't look big enough.

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    Update.

    After trying to get this boot issue resolved once and for all I ended up putting the boot in the microwave for about 4 min to warm it up, sprayed the end with some PB Blaster and was finally able to pop the boot onto the trans side I was very glad when I felt/heard it 'pop' on.

    I hope the Zip Tie is going to hold it in place.

    Thank you for all who chimed in on this issue

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