Steering play - Pitman arm or center tie-rod?

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Steering play - Pitman arm or center tie-rod?

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Hi all,

It's been about 5 years since i've visited - I have just dusted off the E12! Hope everyone is well.

I have isolated a small amount of play in the steering where the center tie rod meets the Pitman arm

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I assume that it's more likely that the center tie rod would need replacing, however I also noticed that I couldn't see parts 10/11 (dust cap, washer) on my current assembly. Are they likely to affect performance of this joint? i'll order them regardless - hoping to hear if anyone's experienced issues at this point?

Thanks,
Ben
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Re: Steering play - Pitman arm or center tie-rod?

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If you have play at that joint, yes, it would be the center tie rod, and they are something of a weak link.

I believe the other parts, dust boot etc, have always been included when I've replaced the center tie rod. Always bought aftermarket so BMW may not include them.
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Re: Steering play - Pitman arm or center tie-rod?

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Thanks Mike
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Re: Steering play - Pitman arm or center tie-rod?

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bizz wrote: Wed Jul 07, 2021 10:56 pm Hi all,

It's been about 5 years since i've visited - I have just dusted off the E12! Hope everyone is well.

I have isolated a small amount of play in the steering where the center tie rod meets the Pitman arm

Image

I assume that it's more likely that the center tie rod would need replacing, however I also noticed that I couldn't see parts 10/11 (dust cap, washer) on my current assembly. Are they likely to affect performance of this joint? i'll order them regardless - hoping to hear if anyone's experienced issues at this point?

Thanks,
Ben
Welcome back :!: I might be wrong on this, but were you doing a manual 5 speed conversion on your car :?: Maybe someone else. :)
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