2000 E46 323 - trackrod end, any changed the inner end?

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    Went to change the track rod end, but can't seperate the inner and outer pieces, so how do i take the inner end ball joint out?
     
     

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    If you remove the jubilee clips from the rubber gator and shift it out of the way, you will notice that the inner rod is screwed onto the steering rack by a big nut after the ball joint. This is what you have to undo to remove the inner rod from the rack.
     
     

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    You will need a 36mm open ended spanner that is no more than 5.5mm thick.
    I recently did both mine-didn't have one so I ground a normal 36mm spanner down.
    Try not to 'shock' the spanner to much ie hitting the end with a hammer to undo the nut as this can damage the rack seals.
    Don't forget to use thread lock on the threads when replacing although you have a mechanical restraint using the locking washer its best to do it right.
    It is best to use heat(blowtorch) on the outer track rod end near to the collar but not to much as doing this helps to release the threads that are clamped by the collar.
    Oh and you'll need the Greek god of mechanics Brutus Forces

    Hope this helps

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    Locking mole grips would work better
     
     

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    Yeah as above works okay
     
     

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    Just reread my post from last night.....

    It might not be too clear but I was referring to the inner track rod when I said use thread lock,and for the spanner.The bit that goes into the rack.

    You could always take the car to a tyre/exhaust place and get them to loosen the outer track rod for you.

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    I couldn'y get the outer track rod end to seperate from the inner! must be siezed solid, so looked at the inner end, as thought it may separate betterof the car! but didn't want to put to much pressure turning the nut as it looked like it might be putting to much turning pressure on the rack, is that right, or can you really give it some?
     
     

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    It's got thread lock on the threads. It will undo just keep the pressure on and it will go. They are fairly tight once it moves it will be okay. Just a thought you are undoing it the normal way-RH thread anti-clockwise to undo.

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    yes, the same as a wheel nut! Havn't come across any that go the other way yet. The only reason i asked is because the rack looked quite delicate as it went in to the housing, and it also had teeth on the underside that enables it to move in and out, didn't want to displace or bend owt! Does all this make sense, i find it hard to explain on the screan whats ment in my head.
     
     

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    They shouldnt be tight mate. Just a good tug and it should come undone. Just check though because the E36 inner ends have a lock tab that needs bending back. Not sure about the E46....
     
     

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