BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Steering Rack Boot

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

  1. Loosen the lug nut or bolts on the wheel.
  2.  
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  4.  
  5. Remove the wheel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the cotter pin and nut securing the outer tie rod to the steering knuckle.
  8.  
  9. Press the tie rod off the steering knuckle.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the nut securing the tie rod to the steering knuckle



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Fig. Fig. 2: Press and remove the tie rod



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Fig. Fig. 3: Unscrew the tie rod from the steering rack arm



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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove any retainer straps from around the boot



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Fig. Fig. 5: Remove the rubber collar from the steering rack control arm



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Fig. Fig. 6: With the retainer clips freed, remove the boot

  1. Remove the tie rod from the steering rack control arm.
  2.  
  3. Loosen, cut or remove any clamps securing the boot to the arm and/or steering rack.
  4.  
  5. Separate the boot lips from the steering rack and arm.
  6.  
  7. Remove the rubber collar attached to the arm.
  8.  
  9. Remove the boot from the steering rack.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Slide the replacement boot over the steering rack arm and install in inner seal to the lip around the rack assembly.
  2.  
  3. Slide the rubber collar down the control arm until it meets the boot. Fasten the lip around the boot to the groove in the collar.
  4.  
  5. Install the clamp(s) around the boot.
  6.  
  7. Rotate the steering wheel from side to side to make sure the boot does not pull or bend. Adjust if needed.
  8.  
  9. Install the tie rod end to the steering knuckle.
  10.  
  11. Install the wheel and lower the vehicle.
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