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So I was removing my center tie rod today and of course you have to remove the outer tie rods. Using my impact gun I removed the nut and as soon as it came of this happened:
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It appears that the bushing(if you can call it that) inside the wheel carrier came out with the tie rod. I didn’t even know there was one in there. I’m not too concerned about it because as long as I have the washer it should stay in place.


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yeah it happens.. you need that bushing..

remove it.. re install it
 

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Yes, a common gotcha***8230;Removing it can be hard, because it looks like it is struck on the arm.
And no, you cannot buy it as a separate new part -there is not even a part # for it.
When it happened to me last summer, I doused it with WD-40 overnight, then took the whole tie rod arm to a local car exhaust shop : they banged on it hard, and removed it intact.
 

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Could I just put it back in the hole and tighten it with the impact? I’m re-using the tie rod.


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Could I just put it back in the hole and tighten it with the impact? I'm re-using the tie rod.


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Happens. Most just place that sleeve back in and tap a few times with a hammer to put it back in place. Some use a block of metal to spread the blows to keep the sleeve from marring.

Some others have used a C clamp to press it back in.

Problem with using only a impact wrench is the spindle might not clear enough for the nut to be put on unless at least half way in first.
 

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To prevent that from happening is to have the right tool. The recommended BMW tool is pricey but it had saved me so much frustration.
 

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Could I just put it back in the hole and tighten it with the impact? I’m re-using the tie rod.


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Sure.
 

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Could I just put it back in the hole and tighten it with the impact? I’m re-using the tie rod.
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Of course, you can.
But it seems you are redoing the whole suspension on your car, so you might as well replace the tie rods "while you are there"...;)
If so, pull that sleeve out and reinstall it on the new tie-rod. I used a C clamp, and a few taps with a hammer to get it back in place, after cleaning it.
 

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Of course, you can.

But it seems you are redoing the whole suspension on your car, so you might as well replace the tie rods "while you are there"...;)

If so, pull that sleeve out and reinstall it on the new tie-rod. I used a C clamp, and a few taps with a hammer to get it back in place, after cleaning it.


I already have replaced them. They’re less than a year old. For once Im actually obeying the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” rule.


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