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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 01-10-2004, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm trying to replace my inner tie-rod ends, and have bent the tie-rod lock plate out of the way, but I can't turn the inner tie-rod end with a wrench. Not only is there very little room to move, but it seems like when i'm wrenching upwards on the inner tie-rod end, the rack rolls upwards slightly with the tie-rod, making it difficult to crack. I'm afraid I could be damaging the rack, teeth or something else, inside the steering gearbox.

Can someone tell me if there is a special procedure for removing the inner tie-rod end without destroying the rack and p. etc.? Should I just heat it up with a blowtorch and hammer away? Turn the wheels? Use a jack on the wrench? Get out my wallet and bend over for the dealer?

Thanks...in advance for your help.

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