I don't see the bushings listed in my usual sources, but there are other alternatives. First, check at the dealer's parts department. For all brands of cars, you'll typically only find the accordion boots available through the dealer. Inner tie rod ends were not, but they were available from the auto parts stores. Sometimes you'll find rack and pinion rebuild kits, but that isn't common. Special tools are needed. There's liability concerns if something is done incorrectly, and professionally-rebuilt gears cost very little today compared to 20 years ago.
With that in mind, the mounting bushings aren't part of the critical internal system, so they may be available without buying a whole new steering gear. If you can't find replacements anywhere, the next solution is to harvest a pair from a salvage yard. You can find them in a pull-your-own-parts yard, or ask to get them from a "core" assembly. Salvage yards collect these types of assemblies and sell them to the rebuilder companies. There's no way a rebuilder is going to sell a rebuilt gear with old bushings. Since they're going to be replaced, the core doesn't lose its value if the old ones are removed.
Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 AT 5:05 PM