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Old 05-19-2018, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Protecting Toe & Tie Rod Adjustment Sleeves

I'm not able to align the toe on my 1989 Sidekick because the adjustment sleeves are frozen on the tie rods and the center link. Since moving to the rust belt, the road salt has gradually corroded the threads on the adjustment sleeves, tie rods and center link. Now the toe and tie rod adjustments are no longer possible.

This week I plan to replace the adjustment sleeves, tie rods and center link. Hopefully, this will allow me to finally align the toe to factory specifications. For good measure, I'm also replacing the steering gear box to remove any steering free play contributed by that component.

I plan to apply anti-seize compound on the new threads of the adjustment sleeves, tie rods and center link. However, I feel that that is only a temporary solution as the anti-seize compound will wear off with exposure to the elements.

Is there a rubber boot or weather-resistant tape that I can place over or wrap over the toe adjustment threads?

Please let me know. Thanks in advance!
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Engine: 1.6-liter & 8-valve (2014)
4WD 5-speed manual transmission & transfer case
VIN JS3TA01C4K4114731
Mods: 16" x 7" wheels, rock sliders, tubular receiver bumpers, Doug Thorley exhaust header, OME suspension, Dynamat & SiriusXM

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