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#1 Plonk


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:11 PM

Good morning all, I have a 2005  Xsara Picasso Desire and have been attempting to change the N/S steering rack gaier.

Anyone that has attempted this will know that a super stretch rubber gaier is needed to get it over  tthe steering ram knuckle. I purchased some aftermarket gaiters that are supposed to be stretchy but despite putting them in boiling water, using lube etc and despite my best efforts I failed to get the job done.

I am hoping someone here has done this job before and can recommend a suitably stretchy gaiter.

I tried various methods found on the internet e.g using a spoon as a lever to get the boot started over the stud and I even tried stretching the boot over a tapeed beaker and placing it in boiler water (apparantly this is supposed to temporarily enlarge the end of the boot  enough to clear the knucke but the boot I used simply returned to normal size as soon as I removed the beaker.

Any recommendation for a stretchy gaiter?