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I've read the posts that indicate this is a fairly usual problem with these guys. Several people said that it leaked into the boot first and then messed up the rack & pinion.

I am brand new to this forum, and I am in no way a mechanic, so here is my question....which might sound dumb to some of you:

Can you replace the boot without doing anything to the rack & pinion? Wouldn't it be cheaper if you could do that?

Thanks for your help!
 

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Can you replace the boot without doing anything to the rack & pinion? Wouldn't it be cheaper if you could do that?
That would only address the 'symptom' and not the actual 'problem', if the rack is leaking out of the tie rod end...

That said, I have replaced a Honda boot (known as the 'gaiter' in some parts or the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaiter_(vehicle) ) by unscrewing and disconnecting the adjuster on the outer tie rod end. Then, you can slip the boot over it.

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BEFORE YOU DO, accurately count the number of threads showing on the adjusting link. When you reinstall, match the amount of threads showing EXACTLY. (This would affect your toe-in settings)

Be positive you have the car safely supported by jack stands. Loosening the adjuster will require some tugging!
 
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