This guide provides instructions on changing the outer tie rod on a BMW 3-Series (2004-2013).
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to replace tie rods on BMW 3-Series manufactured from 2004-2013. This guide applies to BMW E90, E91, E92, and E93.
- Loose steering
- Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps
- Noise such as clunking or knocking
- The car pulls to one side due to an alignment issue
- Steering Wheel Vibrations
What you will need
- BMW 3-Series Outer Tie Rod
- Tie Rod Removal Tool
- Mechanic Toolset Metric
- Jack and Stands
- Park your BMW 3-Series on a flat surface. Place the shifter in the park and engage the parking brakes.
- Before raising the BMW, you need to break loose the lug nuts.
- Raise the vehicle, and remove the wheels. Jack up the car and remove the front wheel. First, start by securing at least one of the tires of your 3-Series. Next, jack up the car using a floor jack. Place a jack stand to support the vehicle.
Changing the tie rod on your BMW 3-Series is easy and requires basic tools. The typical cost to change the BMW 3-Series tie rod is between $360 and $580 at an auto repair shop or BMW dealer.
You can save money by replacing the tie rod yourself. Front-wheel alignment is required after changing the BMW 3-Series tie rod. To replace the tie rod on your BMW, plan on about one to two hours. New tie rods for BMW 3-Series cost between $50 to $80 when purchased online.
We hope you find the BMW 3-Series Replace Outer Tie Rod DIY guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your BMW.