BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Replacing (removing and installing) left or right track rod

BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual / Suspension / Steering arms, tie rods, steer. damper / Replacing (removing and installing) left or right track rod

Special tools required:

  • 32 3 160

IMPORTANT: The steering box must be replaced if the polished surface of the rack is damaged (e.g. by corrosion)!

Necessary preliminary work:

  • Remove TRACK ROD END FROM SWIVEL BEARING.
  • Remove GAITER FROM STEERING BOX and slide back

IMPORTANT: To avoid damage to rack and to suspension mounting, move rack in as far as possible.

Unscrew track rod with special tool 32 3 160 from rack of steering box.

Installation note:

Clean rack.

Check surface of rack for damage (e.g. corrosion).

Suspension

On replacement, assemble new part with gaiter:

  • Determine dimension (A) on used part to simplify following adjustment of front axle
  • Slacken clamping nut (2)
  • Screw off track rod end; if necessary, grip track rod with open-end spanner
  • Remove clamping ring (1) and screw off clamping nut (2)
  • Slide gaiter (4) and ear clamp and band clamp (3) onto track rod
  • Slide clamping nut (2) and clamping ring (1) onto track rod
  • Screw track rod end onto track rod to dimension (A)
  • Tighten down clamping nut (2)

Suspension

After installation: Only if replacing/removing track rod end: Perform CHASSIS/WHEEL ALIGNMENT CHECK.

    Removing and installing/replacing left or right track rod end
    Special tools required: 31 2 300 NOTE: If the track rod end to track rod screw connection is released, it is necessary after reinstallation ...

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