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Old 11-29-2010, 06:06 PM   #24
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Location: Lindenhurst, NY
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My Ride: 2004 BMW M3
My dad's buddy rebuilds steering racks, and he sees many that were damaged when mechanics change the inner tie rods ends and put too much torque on the rack. It damages the pinion gear. The pinion gear is all that is keeping the rack in the proper axial orientation. He says that the correct way to remove the inner tie rod end is to place an adjustable wrench on the rack gear teeth so as not to load the pinion gear. The rack gear is only accessible on the driver's side, so to remove the tie rod end on the other side, you need a buddy to hold the rack with the adjustable wrench while you loosen the passenger side tie rod end.
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