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    Alright.. so when doing some brake work I found out the ball joint that goes to my rack and pinion steering on the passenger side is fried..
    Im going to replace both at the same time.. SO....
    1. Where do I get a replacement?
    2. Front end alignment is neccesary.. correct?
    3. Do I need a press for the ball joint?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Alright.. so when doing some brake work I found out the ball joint that goes to my rack and pinion steering on the passenger side is fried..
    Im going to replace both at the same time.. SO....
    1. Where do I get a replacement?
    2. Front end alignment is neccesary.. correct?
    3. Do I need a press for the ball joint?
    You can get an outer tie rod end from an auto parts store. No, you do not need a ball joint press.

    IMO, I would get it aligned.

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    ive never worked on many balljoints cept on my WWII jeep.. had the pitman arm, the steering shaft and the ball joints fall all at once while driving down the road..

    So.. considering I was going only about 15mph in the jeep.. i dont want this to happen at high speed on me...

    Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance......

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    ive never worked on many balljoints cept on my WWII jeep.. had the pitman arm, the steering shaft and the ball joints fall all at once while driving down the road..

    So.. considering I was going only about 15mph in the jeep.. i dont want this to happen at high speed on me...

    Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance......

    Thanks
    Yeah, don't drive your nice car until that gets fixed!

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    I took it apart and pumped what was left of the boot with grease.. going to oreillys in the morning... its 741... and oreillys closes at 8... and im 15 minutes away... GAY...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    Alright.. so when doing some brake work I found out the ball joint that goes to my rack and pinion steering on the passenger side is fried..
    Im going to replace both at the same time.. SO....
    1. Where do I get a replacement?
    2. Front end alignment is neccesary.. correct?
    3. Do I need a press for the ball joint?
    well a ball joint doesn't go to the rack and pinion. an inner tie rod does.

    if you are replacing the tie rod, then an alignment will be necessary to ensure the toe is set correctly.

    seeing as you are not replacing a ball joint, then no press is needed.

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    Ill measure and try to get it placed back in as much as possible but it already needs a front end alignment..getting info tommorow

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    I dont have any popping but my Tie-rod boots need to be replaced...can this be done with out lifting the car up or can I put the car on ramps and unbolt the nut and replace the boot? and anyone know what size boot i need? thanks! oh this for the outter tie-rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon_Z28 View Post
    I dont have any popping but my Tie-rod boots need to be replaced...can this be done with out lifting the car up or can I put the car on ramps and unbolt the nut and replace the boot? and anyone know what size boot i need? thanks! oh this for the outter tie-rod.
    Once it has been removed (the tie rod) a alignment must be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SexOnWheels View Post
    Once it has been removed (the tie rod) a alignment must be done.

    incorrect on what he is wanting to do. he is going to remove it from the spindle and replace the boot. this will not affect the toe setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demon_Z28 View Post
    I dont have any popping but my Tie-rod boots need to be replaced...can this be done with out lifting the car up or can I put the car on ramps and unbolt the nut and replace the boot? and anyone know what size boot i need? thanks! oh this for the outter tie-rod.
    you'll have to get the tire up off the ground to relieve the weight off of it. you cannot get to the tie rod nut without removing the tire.

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    ok thanks all I needed to know. that wont be a prob.

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