Greasing Your Track Rod Bushing
Track rods are part of the steering mechanism of an automobile, connecting the control arms to the brake spindle. The bushing is a small rubber cushion placed at the parts where the track rod connects controls arms. The bushing allows the track rod to move and flex in sync with the movement of the car. Frequent movements such as these can cause a substantial amount of friction that can wear down the metal. They is why moving parts like the bushing need to be greased up. Forgetting to do so can drastically lower the lifespan of both the track rod and track rod bushing. This greasing method is a quick and easy job that every beginner can do. No disassembly is required and the only thing you'll need is a nice grease gun.
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
Step 1: Start the engine of your car to loosen the steering wheel mechanism.
Step 2: Move the steering wheel all the way to one side before shutting of the engine of the car.
Step 3: Go to the wheel opposite of the direction you put your steering wheel in. Have the grease gun with you and make sure that there is some grease left in it.
Step 4: Locate the now exposed track rod. It is located behind the brake rotor and is right by the controls arms.
Step 5: Insert the nozzle of the grease gun into the track rod bushing at the top portion of the track rod.
Step 6: Inject one shot of grease into the track rod bushing. One shot of grease will usually be enough for the job. While you're at it, you may also grease the fitting at the bottom of the track rod.
Step 7: Start the car again and rotate the wheels all the way in the other direction before repeating steps 3 to 6.