BMW X3 2005

Removal & Installation


  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
  3. Set the steering gear in the straight ahead position by aligning the marks on the steering gear and spindle.
  5. Drain the power steering fluid.
  7. Remove or disconnect the following:

    Negative battery cable
    Front wheels
    Reinforcement plate
    Nuts from the left and right engine support arms and raise the engine slightly
    2 bolts accessible through holes in frame
    Lower clamping screw
    Steering gear clamps (after locking wheels in straight-ahead position)
    Tie rod by pressing it off with special tool 32-3-090
    Stabilizer end-links
    Heat shield from power steering gear
    Hydraulic lines, set aside and secure
    Electrical connector on EH converter
    If necessary, pressure line from front axle carrier
    Self-locking nuts and brace the front axle support
    Banjo bolts and slide the steering gear out through the left wheel opening


To install:

  1. Install the steering gear through the left side wheel opening
  3. Install new sealing rings and banjo bolts. Torque the bolts as follows:
    1. M10: 108 inch lbs. (12 Nm).
    3. M14: 25 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
    5. M16: 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
    7. M18: 34 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).

  5. Install or connect the following:

    Front axle support screws. Torque the screws to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
    Self-locking nuts. Torque the nuts to 74 ft. lbs. (100 Nm).
    Tie rod. Torque the castle nut to 58 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
    Steering gear to the spindle. Torque the fastener to 18 ft. lbs. (24 Nm).
    Steering gear clamp
    Engine support arm nuts. Torque the nuts to 60 ft. lbs. (85 Nm).
    Reinforcement plate
    Splash guard
    Both front wheels
    Negative battery cable

  7. Fill and bleed the power steering system.
  9. Start the vehicle and check for leaks, repair if necessary.