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Steering Rack Boot Grease. What type and where to buy?

Discussion in 'General' started by vk4akp, Jun 11, 2019 at 2:06 PM.

  1. vk4akp

    vk4akp Starfire, Fear V Power!!

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    Hi, I've got to do my steering rack boots and tie-rod ends before getting some tyres fitted.

    The manual says "EP Semi Fluid Lithium Based Type-O Grease" is the correct grease to use.
    (2004 VY2 Executive Commodore Wagon - Police Spec)

    However no one can tell me where to buy this grease. And most places just say "Mate just use anything" :( Not what you want to hear :( Lubricants and greases are designed for set purposes.

    And no, none came with the boots.

    So what to buy and where to get it? I'm located Ipswich 4305.
    SuperCheap etc would be a good store if possible.

    I hope to get this job done tomorrow hopefully as I have tyres waiting to be fitted.

    Any help appreciated.
     
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    rambunctious Well-Known Member

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    Tie rod ends should be pre packed with grease, however, if they have a grease nipple, then multi purpose grease from a grease gun will do.
    As to rack boots, why would you need grease on them ????
     
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    vk4akp Starfire, Fear V Power!!

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    Actually NO. That's totally wrong and very bad info. That is the sort of thing that leads to premature parts failure :(

    Some reading for you.
    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/article/grease-for-specific-jobs/

    And
    https://www.howacarworks.com/steering/how-to-lubricate-the-steering-system

    Also refer to the workshop manual for the correct maintenance and replacement procedure which indicates applying a specific grease to the inside of the boots / gaiter and the ball joint of the tie-rod.
     
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    Never in all my years of fitting rack boots, have I put grease in them and they have never ever came with grease.

    If they came with grease, where would you put it? They fit tight on the tie rod end side and the rack side....The rest of the boot is well clear of the rackend, so grease in there would be useless
     

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