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Torn steering rack boot

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by PA452, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Oct 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM
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    PA452

    PA452 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone here ever have a torn steering rack boot on these trucks?

    What was the story? If you didn't discover it right away, what kind of damage did it cause?

    I've posted a couple threads now about an issue I've been having with my steering. At first I thought it was alignment issue. I've had it aligned, looked at it myself, had it two another Toyota dealership and then a tire place to look at it. No success.

    Tonight I was out giving it a hard look because it's been getting worse. I found a hole about the size of a quarter on top of steering rack boot #2.

    Bottom of this page:

    http://www.ncttora.com/fsm/05+/data/ileaf/06toyrm/06toypdf/06rmsrc/rm2006ta/04500510.pdf
     
  2. Oct 13, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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    Fortech

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    Boot should be available as a separate item from Toyota - at least they were for the first gens. The boots keeps debris out of your inner tie rod end, and I guess out of the end of your rack. I had one gone for quite awhile on my first gen with no other problem other than a worn inner tie rod end. Toyota wanted over $300 for the ITRE, NAPA wanted $85 with a lifetime warranty.
     
  3. Oct 13, 2010 at 5:35 PM
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    Yeah, I was more concerned about debris getting into the rack. But if you say you had one entirely missing with no effect to the rack, maybe it's not so likely that this could be the source of my steering issue.
     
  4. Jun 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    LaBoss

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    I have a small tare on my passenger boot. Dealer wanted $603.81 for boot and hardware... but I was thinking of patching with a silicone or something just to keep dirt/water out. Thoughts?
     
  5. Jun 27, 2011 at 10:56 AM
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    i puts some hondabond on a small pinhole in mine,
     
  6. Jun 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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