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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 03-21-2009, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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tie end rods

1985 325e

should tie end rods move in a circular motion while attached or is that a sign of wear?

in wide turn radius you can hear alot of crap going on in the suspension, and the steering feels lose, especially in turns at high speeds. stabilizer links were replaced month ago, so i wonder if the problem is now the tie rod ends?

this leads to another question when replacing the tie end rods and bushings

how do you know if you need to replace the steering assembly or what not?
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your gonna have to replace the control arms and bushings. Figure $400 if you have it done.....
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Old 03-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my guess is not tie rod ends, it's more like ball-joints, these cannot be replaced individually, they require a complete new control arm along with the associated bushings..you might want to consider just doing the whole front end at this point....struts, pads, tires, alignment and so forth. I had these things done on a 1988 325iC in 2004, cost around $550. That was 25K miles ago (car now has 175K) and the thing is tighter than a drum. Good Luck
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