Originally Posted by b1mmer
When I checked my tie rods briefly a week ago I did notice that they spin if grasped by hand, I think this is normal but there shouldnt be any horizontal play in them right?
You're right, the rods should turn (with a little bit of resistance), but not have any hoizontal play. It's pretty easy to check, even with the car on the ground.
Do like E36is is saying and have someone sit in the car and turn the steering wheel side to side (it doesn't have to be much, just enough to get the wheels to turn a little). While they're doing that, grab the tie rod and see if you can feel any clunks or clicks. If either of the joint's (inner or outer) are gone, you should be able to feel a light clunk through the tie rod when the steering rack moves side to side.
At any rate, hope this helps.