Inner tie rod boot question

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Replacing the lower control arms, inner and outer tie rod ends on my latest $500 car a 2006 Nissan Altima. Clearance is pretty tough without a lift. Wondering if I can tie wrap the inner tie rod boots instead of dealing with the metal crimp clamps or whatever they are called.
 
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Looseness that seems like the inner ends can be the rack itself. Replacing the whole rack gets you those parts already assembled.
 
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You can but you need a very strong tie or a stainless one. I would coat the inside of the boot where it attaches to the rack with non hardening sealer then tighten the tie. Use a spring clamp on the smaller outer part of the boot.
You need to make it is 100% water tight, nothing will ruin a rack faster than rust.
 
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