2003 camry passenger side (right) inner tie rod end

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Old 08-03-20, 01:34 PM
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2003 camry passenger side (right) inner tie rod end

I'm doing some work on my stepson's car & noticed that the bottom half of the passenger side, inner tie rod end's boot appears to have been sheared off & haven't any idea how long ago this happened. Is it necessary to replace the entire inner tie rod end & boot or is replacing the boot only sufficient?
 
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Old 08-03-20, 02:57 PM
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It's tie rod. Tie rod END is on the wheel end of it.
They are not hard to remove. Remove, roll on either piece of glass or stone countertop. If it bounes, it is due new. If not, replace boot. Use garden hose clamps.
 
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Old 08-03-20, 10:13 PM
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I guess what I was getting at was, what symptoms are there if an inner tie rod needed replacing. If I'm going to remove a part costing less than $20 to test it, I may as well replace it
 
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Old 08-04-20, 12:34 AM
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jack up the car to get tire off ground grab the tire at 3 and 9 clock position and try to move and check for play, any movement try to determine if its from the inner or outer tie rod if there is no play could just change the boot but you will be removing the outer tie rod to slide a new boot on any way may want to go ahead and change the outer.
 
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Old 08-04-20, 02:24 AM
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Be sure to get alignment after boot is installed. Will never get tie rod adjusted right after taking off. Check for sand or dirt on shaft, if there sand will get into seal and rack will leak. Than you will need a new rack.
 
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Old 08-04-20, 03:18 AM
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but you will be removing the outer tie rod to slide a new boot on
Some, maybe not all, replacement boots are clam shell, you zip tie them in place so the tie rod does not have to be removed!
 
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Old 08-04-20, 08:28 AM
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Problem with rocking wheel with hands at 3 and 9 is that it only shows play in the entire thing and does not differentiate between tie rod end and inner tie rod.
Now, if you hear clunk that sort of comes from the PS, THAT may point towards bent tie rod.
Again, the only SURE way to know is to remove tie rod and roll it on something hard and perfectly flat. DO NOT attempt to "straighten" it with sledge and eye.
 
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