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Old 05-09-2019, 09:17 AM
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Tie rod boot replacement

Hey guys, just swapped some axles and noticed a small tear in the left front tie rod boot. Need to change it out. Any tips I need to do so? Seems like a pain in the ass job for such a cheap part.
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Old 05-09-2019, 10:57 AM
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Hey guys, just swapped some axles and noticed a small tear in the left front tie rod boot. Need to change it out. Any tips I need to do so? Seems like a pain in the ass job for such a cheap part.
Have to remove the ball joint from the knuckle. Is what it is. Could be worse. Could be a CV axle boot.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:53 AM
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Correct. remove ball joint from knuckle and remove tie rod from steering. Then you should be able to remove the boot.
The most challenging part is clamping the inner ear clamp. Just no room for clamper to go in there.
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So basically I have to remove the outer tie rod end completely? That sucks. Oh well, I planned to have the alignment done soon anyway.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:51 PM
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I thought it is easier from the steering rack side.
Search bimmerfest E39 forum, I posted the suspension for my 1998 528i overhaul there.
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I just replaced both axles and I think I nicked the tie rod boot trying to pry the left axle out. And now I'm also getting a self leveling suspension inactive warning on my cluster ��
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