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Re: some more symptoms I forgot to mention (archive)

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Posted by Morris on September 24, 2001 at 15:08:19:

In Reply to: some more symptoms I forgot to mention posted by Eric on September 24, 2001 at 01:11:51:

I've dealt with all of the above symptoms. The groaning, and even the symptom where the wheel doesn't want to go back to center. From the wheel it feels like something is binding and you have to force it past some kind of detent. Only turning to the left in my case. Good news and bad news. The groaning and detent problems both went away with new fluid. I used a synthetic. The bad news would be a year later my rack is leaking. Cause, not sure! Could be the synthetic, could be it's it's time (115k), who knows. Please reply to the forum if the e36 racks will retrofit.

Good luck,

Morris, '91M3

Sounds like a the power steering pump to me -- maybe the pump is going or belt is slipping. Definitely check it for leaks. I think if it were your rack, you would notice the car darting/changing direction or maybe having some slop on center. They rarely wear out. I am told there is also a steering column U-joint on the airbag-equipped cars like my '90 that can make noise (clunking) and wear, but I have not heard of it being a problem with the earlier cars.

Good luck.



at full lock to the right, it screeeeeeetches, and under slow rolling turns it groans badly. I just replaced the tie-rods less than a week ago, unfortunetly becuase of school, I have not had it properly aligned. could i have messed up my steering rack when putting the tie rods in?

also, I've heard that a e36 M3 steering rack will fit, is this better? cheaper?

is replacing a steering rack a do-it-yourself, or leave it to the pro's job?

at the auto-x's that iv'e gone to, I've noticed another problem, but it was very prominent at the last auto-x last week. when going into a corner and the car stuarts to understear, when the tires regain traction, the steering will not go back to center, but instead will continue turning. I have to manualy pull the wheels back straight (almost like there is no power steering)

I also feel a bit of slop/play at the center, even my girlfriend noticed it when she drives it. I did not notice the slop until after I put ground control on....coincidence? (sp.)
i hope this extra info helps

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