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Old September 26th, 2006, 20:01
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boot on the top of pitman arm

Whilst changing fluids I noticed the rubber boot on the linkage on top of the pitman arm by the grease zirk is in tatters. Can these be changed without a lot of trouble or is it a PITA? Should I be lookin' for damage under there?
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Old September 26th, 2006, 22:19
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Re: boot on the top of pitman arm

if its not ripped and u have grease coming out and it rotates ok, then it should be ok.

if its ripped , there is a chance that dirt can get in = bad.
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Old September 27th, 2006, 05:56
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Re: boot on the top of pitman arm

Its very easy to damage the tie-rod end when pulling it, making it necessary to replace it.

Thats why you don't see the boots for sale to replace them. Most people consider replacing the boot the same as replacing the whole thing.

There are universal type boots from the "HELP" section of your auto store or the PolyUrethane Bushings kits and/or parts. They aren't as good as the OEM boots that come with the tie-rod end, they don't fit and seal on the outside circumference of the joint, they merely slide over it and squeeze it. The universal replacements do seal somewhat, but not as well as the OEM IMHO, but it will probably seal out more dirt than a tattered oem boot.
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Old September 27th, 2006, 07:44
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Re: boot on the top of pitman arm

Thats the center link you will need a puller I used a pitman arm puller pop right off remove the nut first to remove the center link loosen the adjustment sleeve nut closes to the center link turn the centerlink counter clock wise and count the number of turns and remove, put in the new centerlink counting the number of turns retach the center link to the pitman arm and tighten.

PS I tryed the pickle fork did not work for me I could see it could couse damage.

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