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Old 05-01-2005, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Today I went to go get an alignment and found out that the two front tires are opposing each other. While I was getting the alignment for the front, the mech showed me that my tie rod assemblies were seized. He said that I should get them replaced because he cant align my car without taking those off. Well long story short, how much does it usually cost to repair the front left and right tie rod assemblies? And is the inner and outer tie rods one whole piece for the E36? All help would be appreciated. Thanks everyone.
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ooh yea one more thing, is there bushings for the tie rods?
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Old 05-01-2005, 07:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There are two tie rods in total. One on each side. They both connect to the streering. I think there is a ball joint on the outside and on the inside it screws in. There is a nut on the tie rod, maybe that is stuck and they cant move the tie rod in or out. I know someone that just replaced his himself. Wasent too hard if you have the tools and manual. Not sure about the cost but they shouldnt be too much.

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Thanks alot. The guy who tried to do my alignment said that it would be about 800 and I was thinking in my head I could forget about getting a new suspension. lol. Anyone ever installed these? could you give me some pointers and tell me how it was? Thanks
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here.. i got my tierods from this guy! they are dirt cheap!(50 bucks for 2) when dealer or mech will charge 110 each!!

basically u will pay for allignment and install

but ya.. they are crutial for the allignment...

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also.. when u do suspension work.. u allways need to do an allignment.. so your better off getting it done...

for an alignment and install for mine.. they charged me 150... plus the initial 50 bucks.. and it costed 200 bucks total... do yourself a favor! buy these.. and get them professionally done!!

its not a DIY
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lol thanks i just bought mine off ebay right now too from vineauto, they sold it for like 2 bucks less. I think it was OEM too but im not so sure. Anyway i prefer not to do any suspension work myself other than rsm's which shouldnt be that hard right? well thanks for your help. Now the next step is to find a shop to do it for a good price.
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any mechanic will do it...

its not like tie-rods are different in other cars...

just make sure they do an allignment when they are done....

its a very easy install.. your just better letting some 1 else do it.. becuase your car wont make it to the mechanic to get an allignment!

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well through my experience here in chicago, ive been to a couple of mechanics who really do know shit when it comes to euro cars and charge me up the ass. its just hard to find a good mechanic down here. everyone wants to rip me off because they say its a "doctors car"
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id say bring it to the dealer... but they proly wont do it, since your not buying the parts from them
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