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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 11-25-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Just Replacing the Tie Rod Ends?

Hey Everyone!

So I just wanted to get some opinions. The ball joint on my left-side tie rod end is shot (completely my fault caused by frustration when I was swapping my axles - Canadian winters + salt wreak havoc on the undercarriage )

I've finally got some time to get this fixed up so I was wondering if I should replace the ENTIRE tie rod assembly (Part #4) or can I get away with just replacing the tie rod end? (Part #6)

I've only got 61,000km (38,000 mi) on my '03 325xi and I'm confident on the condition of the inner rod and steering rack (mostly since I'm the reason the ball joint is shot, ).

It seems like just replacing the end would be quick and easy (and less $$$) as I just need to disconnect the end at the lock nut, put in the new one and get it aligned?

Thanks for the input!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #2
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In my opinion I would replace the ball joint and then see if there is any movement coming from the inner tie rod, if all the movement is on the outer just replace the outer and get your alignment checked IMO.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #3
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I'd just replace the tie rod end IMO,xi tie rods seem to last a very long time.
Since you will need an alignment i'd also ditch the rubbery control arm bushings for the powerflex.
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