Steering Rack Boot Inspection
Inspect each boot for tear. A torn boot allows entry of
dust and water which can cause wear to steering rack
and pinion to produce noise as well as rust to result in
malfunction of steering system.
Even if boot tear is small, replace with new one.
Also, check each boot for dent. If there is a dent, keep
boot in most compressed state for some seconds to
Boots should be visually inspected for any damage, dent
and tear during every periodical inspection at specified
intervals and whenever vehicle is hoisted for any other
Tie-Rod / Rack Boot Removal and Installation
1) Remove steering gear case assembly referring to
"Steering Gear Case Assembly Removal and
2) Remove member bracket from steering gear case
3) For ease of adjustment after installation, make
marking (1) of tie-rod end lock nut position of tie-rod
4) Loosen tie-rod end lock nut and remove tie-rod end.
5) Remove boot band (2) and clip (1).
6) Remove boot from tie-rod.
7) Unbend bent part of tie-rod lock washer (1).
8) Remove tie-rod (3) from rack (2).
1) Install tie-rod (1) and new tie-rod lock washer (3) to
2) Hold rack with soft jawed vise and tighten tie-rod to
Tie-rod (a): 75 N·m (7.5 kgf-m, 54.5 lb-ft)
3) Bend lock washer at 2 places (1) as shown in figure.
4) Apply grease "A" to boot inside as shown in figure.
Position boot properly in grooves of gear case (or
rack side mount) and tie-rod.
After this, check to ensure that boot is free from twist
"A": Grease 99000–25050 (SUZUKI Super
Power Assisted Steering System: