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Old 09-10-2005, 06:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I have a question which I hope someone can help me with. I want to replace to two dust boots on the steering rack. One side seems easy enough, but the other side I need help with. My BMW book does not cover it in details. In the drawing I have put a red box around the part to be taken apart, so the dust boot with a red arrow can be fitted. Any help on how to take it apart is welcome.
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Old 09-10-2005, 01:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the tie rod can be unscrewed and separated in two then u will be able to put on the boot
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Undo the track-rod end and slide the boot over
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It's seems easy on one side, but the other side is a little difference.In a close up of the joint, part #12 & 13 is locked together with what looks like a washer which has been bend to stop it from moving.The boot can not go over part 12. So before I take a hammer and screw driver, I just want to make sure that is the way.
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Undo the track-rod end and slide the boot over
whoa there kiddies......bad man is 100% correct. you are talking about taking something off that is A)underneath the boot and 2)something you shouldn't be messing with.......

you want to take off that nut on the tie rod end and then take a hammer and smack the assembly that the tie rod end is sitting in (ie the spindle) give it some good whacks. this will knock the tie rod end out trust me. don't go banging on the tie rod assembly at all, no matter how much you want to......otherwise you will be having another thread entitled "tie rod replacement and you".....shortly followed by "where's the best place to get an alignment done in (insert your city here)" thread.......once the end(s) are off then simply slip the boot out and over. installation is the reverse of removal
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belive me u don't want to take a hamme rto that tie rod, that will be $32-$46.00 dollars right there
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