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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-17-2012, 10:44 PM
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Can't get tie rod assembly off steering rack

I've tried channel locks, vice grips, even a 32mm combo wrench, and it won't budge. It is a right hand thread right?(lefty loosey). Should I buy a pipe wrench and try that?

Help please

P.S. yes the locking tabs are bent back
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:48 AM
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Big vise with pads to hold rack - RFB Stiltsons (?) to grip and turn tie rod.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:24 AM
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Try this trick here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?nomobile=1&v=qjoteWdUdC4

Hope that link works if not just google/youtube two spanner trick. This trick has been invaluable for me when working on suspension and steering parts. But basically you just need more leverage and try using a short jerk rather than a smooth pulling action. I also just did this and needed to get a thin 32mm spanner for my inner tie rod ball joint, it is a e36 but would be similar I would think.

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:18 PM
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I know a short jerk. He is always around and wants to borrow tools.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:08 PM
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or you could go try a 4foot pipe wrench if youre changing the inner and outer tie rods.

but yes jerk it. the harder you jerk the quicker it releases and the more pain youll be in.
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I know a short jerk. He is always around and wants to borrow tools.
Hahaha I thought that while I was writing it, someone is going to jump on this.

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Old 10-18-2012, 07:42 PM
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:54 PM
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I went out and bought a torch and pipe wrench. Worked like a charm!
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The torch does enlighten
Sadly it also sometimes burns down cars
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The torch does enlighten
Sadly it also sometimes burns down cars
And ruins the seals in the rack, too. You won't know if they're hurt until you get it back together and run it. I hope you were judicious it it's application.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:27 AM
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Actuallly the purpose of the tie rod removal was to replace the rack. So i wasn't to concerned about ruining the already ruined seals
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