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Brent 02-25-2010 10:05 PM

Tie Rod Replacement
 
Hi Everyone,

Just finishing off my steering work and replacing the outer tie rods.

One of them screwed onto the steering knuckle tight, but for some reason I can't tighten the other one. It just seems to rotate the entire ball joint.

Does this mean that the rod is broken? Why did one tighten right up, and the other will not tighten up much past hand tightening?

Any help is appreciated (I bought pretty good quality, life time warranty, so it's not because of the equipment)...

e30_kid89 02-25-2010 10:10 PM

Put a jack under the ball joint, keep lifting till you just start to lift the entire car. (hear creaking noises)

You will be able to tighten the ball joint then.

Goodluck!

aaron320i 02-25-2010 10:19 PM

or use a channel locking plier and squeeze the joint while tightening.

craz azn 02-25-2010 11:00 PM

Use the jack method. Much less chance of damaging something than with that plier solution.

Brent 02-26-2010 08:09 AM

Thanks guys, I will try that tonight, hopefully I can get it done before 9:30 lol

supernaught 02-26-2010 10:48 AM

are you talking about the tie rod end threading onto the inner part? or the balljoint into the strut? If you're talking about the end(#8 below) onto the inner(to make a #4), you will not use a jack, but use visegrips or a pipewrench to hold the inner while you thread the end on far enough that you can drive to get an alignment. If you can't tighten the nut on the balljoint(#9), use a jack as described above.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/diagrams/n/h/2.png

Brent 02-26-2010 04:34 PM

Cool diagram, thanks. Yes, it is #9 that is causing the issue. I will try the jack method and post tonight.

nonlocal 02-26-2010 08:09 PM

The diagram is from http://www.realoem.com

If you're working on a BMW you should really get familiar with that site, it's like the bible but without all the lies

davericher20 02-26-2010 10:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nonlocal (Post 1394417)
it's like the bible but without all the lies

:rolleyes:

Brent 02-27-2010 11:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by e30_kid89 (Post 1394142)
Put a jack under the ball joint, keep lifting till you just start to lift the entire car. (hear creaking noises)

You will be able to tighten the ball joint then.

Goodluck!


Great advice, it went on perfectly when I did this. Thanks!

e30_kid89 02-28-2010 12:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brent (Post 1394732)
Great advice, it went on perfectly when I did this. Thanks!

;)*rockout*

E30M42cab 03-01-2010 12:39 AM

Brent, it's funny how you got the damn things off without using the jack... usually the nut spins the ball joint when you try to undo that same nut.

Brent 03-06-2010 05:54 PM

It's been a while since I took them off, but if I remember right I think I may have just cut them off with my trusty $10 rotary tool from Canadian Tire...lol


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