Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 323 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 328 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 325 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 316 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Cd, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 320 Cd, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 316 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 318 Ci, BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 330 Ci View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

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Tools
Replacement: track rod end – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). List of the tools you'll need:
Wire brush
WD-40 spray
Brake cleaner
Copper grease
Combination spanner #13
Combination spanner #22
Combination spanner #24
Drive socket # 18
Wheel impact socket #17
Ratchet wrench
Torque wrench
Hammer
Vernier caliper
Ball joint puller
Wheel chock
Replacement: track rod end – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). AUTODOC experts recommend:
  • Replace tie rod ends in pairs.
  • The replacement procedure is identical for the right and left tie rod ends.
  • Please note: all work on the car – BMW 3 Coupe (E46) – should be done with the engine switched off.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
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    Secure the wheels with chocks.
  2. Step 2
    Loosen the wheel mounting bolts. Use wheel impact socket #17.
    Step 3
    Raise the front of the car and secure on supports.
    Step 4
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    Unscrew the wheel bolts.
    Replacement: track rod end – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). Tip:
    To avoid injury, hold up the wheel when unscrewing the bolts.
  3. Step 5
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    Remove the wheel.
  4. Step 6
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    When deinstalling, mark or measure the precise position of the ball joint on the track rod, or count the number of turns in order to prevent misalignment afterward. Use a vernier caliper.
  5. Step 7
    How to remove BMW 3 SERIES 325 Ci 2003 Track Rod End - online easy-to-follow instructions
    Loosen the lock nut securing the tie rod end to the tie rod. Use a combination spanner #24.
  6. Step 8
    How to replace Track Rod End on BMW 3 Coupe (E46) 2004: download PDF manuals and video instructions
    Clean the fastener connecting the tie rod end to the steering knuckle. Use a wire brush. Use WD-40 spray.
  7. Step 9
    How hard is it to do yourself: Track Rod End replacement on E46 Coupe 328 Ci 2005 - download illustrated guide
    Unscrew the end fastening nut to the steering knuckle. Use a drive socket #18. Use a ratchet wrench.
  8. Step 10
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    Disconnect the tie rod end from the steering knuckle. Use a ball joint puller. Use a hammer.
  9. Step 11
    Changing of Track Rod End on E46 Coupe 1999 won't be an issue if you follow this illustrated step-by-step guide
    Screw the end out of the tie rod. Use a combination spanner #13. Use a combination spanner #22.
  10. Step 12
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    Screw on a new tie rod end.
    Replacement: track rod end – BMW 3 Coupe (E46). AUTODOC recommends:
    While installing the steering rod end remember to make the same number of turns or to leave the same length of thread showing as per your measurements.
  11. Step 13
    Replacing Track Rod End on E46 Coupe 2001 330 Ci by yourself
    Connect the tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
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