Learn how to change outer tie rod on BMW 3-Series 2004-2013. Changing the tie rod on your BMW 3-Series is easy and requires very basic tools. The typical cost to change BMW 3-Series tie rod is between $360 and $480 at an auto repair shop or BMW dealer.
You can save money by replacing the tie rod yourself. Note that front wheel alignment is required after you change BMW 3-Series tie rod. To change 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.
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 E93.
- Loose steering,
- Steering wheel shaking when hitting bumps,
- Noise such as clunking or knocking,
- Car pulls to one side due to alignment issue,
- Steering Wheel Vibrations
What you will need
- BMW 3-Series Outer Tie Rod
- Tie Rod Removal Tool
- Basic Tools,
- Jack and Stands
Park your BMW 3-Series on a flat surface. Place the shifter in park and engage the parking brakes.
Loosen lug nuts
Before you raise the BMW you need to break loose the lug nuts.
Raise vehicle, remove wheel
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.
Locate tie rod end
Locate the out tie rod. Here is a picture of the tie rod on 2004-2013 BMW 3-Series.
Remove castle nut
Remove the castle nut from the steering knuckle of your BMW 3-Series. If the threads are rusted use a wire brush to clean the threads. Apply penetrating oil and allow it to soak. Counter hold the tie rod end or the castle nut will just sping and refuse to come out.
Remove lock bolt
Use a wrench to loosen up the bolt that secures the outer tie rod to the inner tie rod.
Mark inner tie rod
Next, use a marker or chalk to mark the threads at the end of the outer tie rod. This will help with keeping the alignment as close to stock as possible.
Seperate tie rod
Use a tie rod puller or separator to disconnect the tie rod from the steering knuckle. Do not use a fork if you plan on reusing the same tie rod because a fork will damage the boot.
Remove tie rod
Remove the old tie rod by turning it counterclockwise several times. The inner tie rod has many threads, so this can take a while.
Install new tie rod
Install the new tie rod in reverse order. Torque the castle and jam nut to specification.
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