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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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| Originally posted by brycealicious@May 3 2005, 05:42 AM |
Hey... I need help with advise on changing the rack and pinion on my 1990 325I. I can do alot of stuff myself so I was wondering if anyone here has done this job yet and has some advice for me.... Should I take up this project or hand it over to my mechanic... So far I have been able to do most jobs on my own but I don't know if this is complicated or not.... Any help will be greatly appreciated!
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| Originally posted by bad man working@May 3 2005, 09:41 AM |
It is an easy job but if your fitting a new jack then you have to split the track rods from the rack get 2 new lock tabs and 4 new gator clips. You can jack up the motor, but you can wangle the rack out without even if you have to bend the brackets a little with a large pair of pipe grip and knock them straight after you get the new in. If after youíve removed the bottom column bolt you put the rack straight (itís marked on top of the pinion) and put the steering lock on you should have mess about with the steering wheel to much. You will have to get the tracking checked..
| Originally posted by bad man working@May 3 2005, 11:42 AM |
The gator clips are the steel bands that secure the rubber corrugated gators that either end of the rack. Then these are removed youíll see where the track rods are threaded into the rack these are locked with large metal washer that are hammer over and have tabs going into the rack. There not much banging the bracket are mild steel and bend easier, but the rack will come put without any bending or jacking with in a bit of messing about.
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