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    Quote Originally Posted by boyoracer21 View Post
    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

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    why only 5.5mm thick?
     
     

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by boyoracer21 View Post
    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

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    a pic would be great, as i am now confused! i was told it would just undo, i only saw a nut on the inner ball joint, no a locking washer! i thought it was just thread lock.
     
     

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    Sorry mate
    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
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    cheers m8, mine is all a nut though, it isn't round where the ball joint is.
     
     

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    Your tie rod should look like this so I have no idea why you would need a 5.5mm spanner

     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Your tie rod should look like this so I have no idea why you would need a 5.5mm spanner

    thats it exactly! it just unscrews then? nothing else stopping it from unwinding apart from thread lock.
     
     

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxfan View Post
    thats it exactly! it just unscrews then? nothing else stopping it from unwinding apart from thread lock.
    Yes it just unscrews...if you can't find a spanner that fits, then use a pair of locking mole grip pliers.
     
     

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    cheers guys, if its not raining tomorrow i'll have another go.
     
     

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