View Full Version : Tie rods

10-29-2005, 01:35 PM
Anyone every replace them?
Easy? Hard?
Any DIY links that anyone knows of?

Justin e36
10-29-2005, 02:14 PM
Replaced mine myself around a month ago.
Difficulty 3 / 10.

I've never done it before, and didn't have a DIY... I figured it out on my own. Took around an hour and a half for me, and I took my sweet ol' time.

You typically only need to replace your tie rod ends.. but if they're rusted or have never been replaced before, it will be easier / better to replace your entire tie rods (what I did). Since heating up the ends / threads will bend them a bit and the new tie rod ends will have some play in them.

remove the wheels
unbolt your tie rod ends
remove the tie rod boot (rubber)
remove the lock, unbolt
match the new tie rods to the same length, lock them in place
bolt them up.

you'll need an alignment afterwards.

10-29-2005, 03:15 PM
How does the tie rod connect to the steering rack? Is it threaded?
What are the installation torques?
Thanks for your help.