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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 02-10-2012, 11:06 PM
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Replaced complete tie rods. EASY!

I had a loose inner tie rod so I purchased both right and left inner and outer tie rods. Since we are going on a 300 mile trip tomorrow I decided to swap them out this evening. Had the car not been covered in snow, and the large washer hadn't bounced out of sight I could have easily completed this job in 1 hour. Instead it took me 1.5 hours.

Jacked the car up, cut off the old boots, popped the nut loose with a ball joint jack and swapped each out. The one rod popped off and caused the large washer to bounce out of sight. I had to pull that side and reinstall it when I realized what I did.

The constant dripping of snow on my face was a real joy. I don't recommend it.

If you have considered this repair, do it. VERY easy to make a major improvement on steering and handling.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:00 AM
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Did you simply measure the length of each tie rod and replicate those lengths or did you get a re-alignment. When I did mine a few years back, it caused a steering angle error code so I got a realignment, which fixed it.
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:02 AM
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Measuring the old and the new gets you close. An alignment will be required
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:06 AM
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Though an actual alignment will be necessary, I just ran a long board down the side of the car and got the alignment very close to where it was.
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