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Pleasant Hill, CA
I assume you mean tie rods. With the engine off, how much play do you have in the steering wheel? 2 inches or more. Tie rod ends could be bad. Around $400 including the alignment for outer tie rods.
It's safe to drive. Check all the connections to the secondary air pump. You probably have a broken one...
Only an hour to install but the part is dealer. Probably $300 total
Buy the kit whenever possible, it has the new water pump, idler pulleys which start to make noise. It's better to replace everything related to or touching that belt since you're already in there. Labor is only another .75 hours to replace the pump and a couple of pulleys. Don't forget the other accessory belts. About $400 in labor is normal.
Check inertia switch!
This is not DIYer fix. You need to take it to a independent shop that has a GT1 or Autologic to scan the codes. Good luck. The Bombe from GGC BMWCCA has a list of repair shops in your area that even offer discounts.
Have you seen the underside of the car? The tank may be damaged and reduce the volume of fuel you can carry. How do you know you were almost out of fuel? Gauge, computer or did it stall? You could have a bad sending unit as well.
Check your charging system first, then all the fuses and get back to me.
Very easy to rebuild using the kit. Make sure everything is in tolerance.
After the vehicle is started how long does the light stay on?
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