Looks like a brand new one is $260?
33 53 7 714 366
Good to hear that you're OK. That was a close one.Looks like a brand new one is $260?
33 53 7 714 366 DEFLECTION LEVER 0.74 1 $260.69
GA they spec optimoly. UK seems nasty for BMW metallurgy.7 years or so ago there was a recall on that part. They were breaking because the needle bearings at each end were not being greased on a every two year basis. The new arm is stronger so don't use a used one. And there are a total of four needle bearings in that area dealing with the linkage. They need to be cleaned, checked for corrosion and either lubed with water proof grease or replaced if in poor condition. I'm glad you are okay. What a terrible thing to happen. I hope all the readers take note. This subject has come up before but no one has experienced a total failure like you have experienced.
Looking at the manual it seems they just mean do the bolt threads and not the bearings themselves.If you look up the Optimol TA spec sheet it specifically states "For paste-specific applications - cannot replace oil or grease lubrication."
As Beech says a quality marine grease is a good go to.
Bearing failed. Amazing what fine road dust does.Guys… should this bearing and dust cover be like this or should it be centred?
This is in the shock at the lower end where it connects to the failed linkage!
View attachment 33920 This is the centre of the bearings, and you can see the needle roller bearing marks embedded into the Steele, where is rusted in
Holy hell did the PO drive in surf?View attachment 33920 This is the centre of the bearings, and you can see the needle roller bearing marks embedded into the Steele, where is rusted in