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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 06-27-2014, 11:33 AM
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Tie-rod ends replacing question

Need to replace the tie-rods on my 530.
It's a rack and pinion setup. Currently I try to take off the right (pass side) tie-rod end. The problem I'm facing, is that thing is very tight screwed in, at the rack and pinion end. There is no lock plate. I tried breaking it with a 32mm wrench, but it didn't budge, although I applied quite a bit of force. There is nothing to counter hold, so I am afraid to damage the rack and pinion.
Is there any "trick" on how to remove these tie-rods, or just apply more force (As I said I applied quite a bit of force).

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Old 06-27-2014, 11:55 AM
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Counter-hold is on driver's side.
See Step #20 below:

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Old 06-27-2014, 12:09 PM
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Cam, that nut on the passenger side is super tight. You said it wasn't much on yours. I wonder what's going on? I placed a very high force on it, and didn't budge.
Nothing is rusty there, everything is shiny, so I don't think penetrating oil will do much. Should I blast it with a torch?

P.S: Cam, how do you gauge 71 Nm with an open ended wrench?
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:30 PM
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Got it loose with penetrating oil. Never thought using that stuff on shiny non-rusted parts.....
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P.S: Cam, how do you gauge 71 Nm with an open ended wrench?
Used my biceps, tug it tight and that is it.
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Another great DIY and I need to do this job, before too long and making contingency plans. If I understand this correctly, you must counter-hold the rack on the driver-side to unbolt the passenger-side tie-rod end. So does that it make it a two-man job to get the passenger-side off?

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Counter-hold is on driver's side.
See Step #20 below:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=399580
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I had the same issue. Passenger side was super tight and no matter what force I applied it wouldn't budge. I had to heat blast it with kitchen oven gas lighter I borrowed from our kitchen when my wife wasn't looking. That did the trick and it eventually loosened.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:33 PM
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Another great DIY and I need to do this job, before too long and making contingency plans. If I understand this correctly, you must counter-hold the rack on the driver-side to unbolt the passenger-side tie-rod end. So does that it make it a two-man job to get the passenger-side off?
No, you'll just need to counter-hold the rack with a 21mm (or is it 22mm?) wrench and resting the wrench on something (I think I used my jack) so that it doesn't move as you unbolt the passenger side. Be careful not to turn the rack too much to lessen risk of damage (warning given in Bentley manual); turn the steering just enough to be able to fit your counter-holding wrench.
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