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Old 12-28-2012, 11:59 PM   #10
TitaniumCranium
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Seattle / Sequim
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My Ride: 2002 BMW 330Ci
  1. Put the car up on jack-stands
  2. Climb under the car with very good lighting
  3. Look up at the steering guibo (coupler)
  4. Have a friend move the steering wheel back and forth
  5. If necessary have another friend apply pressure to one of the wheels while you do this
  6. Notice any play before and after the guibo, if more movement before than after then replace the quibo
  7. If you hear a knock on one end of the steering rack that is probably a bad inner tie rod ball joint
If you do need the tie rod assemblies you can buy Lemforder tie rod sets (OEM), inner and outer on Amazon very inexpensively and if you have Amazon Prime the shipping is 2nd day free. I can verify these are the correct parts. I just did this job 2 weeks ago. The entire job from the time I put it on jack-stand to removing them took about an hour and a half, motivated to get done by 35* temps.
Left tie rod assembly - 32106777503
Right tie rod assembly - 32106777504
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