To keep the tie rod end from spinning, lower the car until you can reach it with a jack. Put the jack under the tie rod end and raise it just enough to stop it from spinning. Use a 17mm socket to remove the nut. CLEAN the nut so that the socket will fully engage the flats before you go any further. Use a 6-point socket if you have one.
Quotes to live by:
guessing gets expensive
nothing is more expensive than a cheap BMW
buying a ratty example (of a BMW) is a parasitic relationship.(and you ain't the mosquito)
Ken Kanne, Silverhill, AL, E36 Forum Mod/Craigslist addict/Hoarder of all sorts of stuff
1995 318is "Bebe"; 1993 325is "Elvira"; 1985 635CSi "Katja"; 1984 633CSi "Sylvia"; 1987 325is "Odette"