There has been talk here about the inner tie rod ends and I have received emails about problems with the inner tie rod.
J22 from Chesapeake talked about the end loosening from the rack shaft and changing alignment settings. Myself and others have had issues with them corroding internally and the ball seizing with in the socket.
Others have had failure from poor alignment.
All these reasons are why they should be inspected on a semi regular basis. Some have had them break. Steering failure is not a failure you want to have especially at any higher speeds.
We tend to use these machines in varying conditions. Many much harsher then this part my have been designed for. This is a critical part that requires critical care. I at least recommend inspecting twice a year which should involve removing the adjustment swag and allowing the inner tie rods end to be inspected independent from the other steering parts It should be checked for end play or ball movement with in the joint as well as ease of movement. I have a video explaining this and ways to lubricate. Yes it may require realigning after each inspection but your lives are worth the effort. If properly marked it can be returned to its starting position easily and may avoid realigning.
Again the effort can be worth it. Imagine the results of having it fail at speed. Not a good image. There are many items to inspect regularly. This part should be at the top of the list. The boots are not completely water tight. Keeps this in mind if traversing deep water. The old saying every action has an opposite reaction. Certain conditions can create adverse reactions on parts.
Let's be safe and Enjoy The Ride.
Last Edit: Jun 4, 2015 22:04:10 GMT -5 by The Fool