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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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