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Old 09-10-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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Inner Tie Rod

Got some new tires put on a and a 4 wheel alignment at Town Fair.

They said I need a driver side inner tie rod..

Any idea on price of the part, rough price to get fixed and how easy/ difficult it would be to do by myself?

They were good and said once the tie rod gets fixed to bring it back for a free alignment.
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:58 PM   #2
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A whole new tie rod assembly is about $75. Most places sell the whole assembly and not the outer and inner parts separately, but you might as well replace the whole thing anyway. It is very DIYable if you are somewhat mechanically inclined and have a decent set of tools. Having done it before, I could probably do both sides in about an hour. It can be difficult to get the tie rod end to break free from the wheel hub, but a little heat and a big hammer usually does the trick. If you take it to a shop I would think an hour of labor would be a reasonable charge.
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Old 09-10-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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You should also do both at the same time other wise it will but more load on the old tie rod and that will go soon after you change the driver side tie rod.
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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75 for a ebay POS item yes, Do not get anything but OEM/Lemforder. You should do both inner and outer, both sides. Why do you need new tie rods?.
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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75 for a ebay POS item yes, Do not get anything but OEM/Lemforder. You should do both inner and outer, both sides. Why do you need new tie rods?.
looks like about $75 to me

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/cata..._pg1.htm#item0
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:21 PM   #6
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i got a quote from my shop for both tie rods + labor @ $555
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Wow, looks like a good deal, tnx for that link. My bad. Guess i was looking around at the wrong places. hehe.
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i got a quote from my shop for both tie rods + labor @ $555
Replacing tie rods are very easy. Just need a alignment after. No way around it.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:29 AM   #9
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Thanks for the help guys.

I'll replace both and talk one of my more wrench friendly buddies to give me a hand just in cae.

I'm thinking I probably hit a pothole that f'd it up... I'm in Boston, we have potholes the size of national parks and they ruin everything.

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Old 09-16-2009, 03:44 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help guys.

I'll replace both and talk one of my more wrench friendly buddies to give me a hand just in cae.

I'm thinking I probably hit a pothole that f'd it up... I'm in Boston, we have potholes the size of national parks and they ruin everything.

n2Bimmer<- Congratulations... I've never seen anyone actually admit they were mistaken on this board before.
Which Town Fair did you go to? It's possible you dont need a tie rod- the adjusting nut could just be seized. If so, use a torch to heat it up and back it off. I took my car to Direct Tire for an alignment and they handed me a $600 repair estimate because they didnt want to use a torch, they just wanted to replace them.
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Thanks for the help guys.

I'll replace both and talk one of my more wrench friendly buddies to give me a hand just in cae.

I'm thinking I probably hit a pothole that f'd it up... I'm in Boston, we have potholes the size of national parks and they ruin everything.

n2Bimmer<- Congratulations... I've never seen anyone actually admit they were mistaken on this board before.

Alot of people get mistaken, Were all human, No one likes to admit they are wrong. I dont know everything and i have alot to learn myself.
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