This is due to the fact the 'nut'(ball joint) is only 5.5mm wide between the locking washer and it's body.I will try to get a picture of the one I took off last week later.
Hope this clears things up
I am confusing you more than I am helping you
Yes the nut I was referring to was on the inner ball joint.There is a washer about 2mm thick that is folded over one of the flats on this nut.That is a 'tab' or locking washer.
When you have knocked this tab off of the flat of the nut it will allow the inner ball joint to undo.
The thread lock I was referring to was a liquid glue for threads that doesn't set fully but holds the threads together and stops them undoing.
The spanner in the picture shows what I am trying to say.
A picture tells a thousand words and all that
cheers m8, mine is all a nut though, it isn't round where the ball joint is.
Your tie rod should look like this so I have no idea why you would need a 5.5mm spanner
Sorry my mistake
I didn't see you had a E46 Doh!
The 5.5mm width spanner is for the E36 models (non ZF racks)
Sorry again but the rest of the info still stands
cheers guys, if its not raining tomorrow i'll have another go.
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