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Re: More on sloppy steering (archive)

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Posted by Jeff Bailey on August 31, 2001 at 21:06:30:

In Reply to: More on sloppy steering posted by Greg on August 31, 2001 at 13:47:27:

Dunno what model you have:
If it's a V8, then your mechanic may have a point. Otherwise, the time estimate by James is generous. Took me 5 minutes.
Main thing about E34 steering: It's old fashioned: Wear at the tie rod ends are your main enemy, and slop in the box is the second problem. After making sure the tie rod ends are OK ( replacement is the preferred method) Take a 17mm wrench to the locknut on the steering box. Loosen it. Turn the setscrew clockwise until there is a resistance felt. STOP there. Tighten the jamnut while holding the the setscrew in place. Suddenly, your car feels like a 3 series. Be care ful, this is not a case of more is better. Overtightening the setscrew can result in excessive wear and a really annoying heavy dead zone right in the middle. WARNING: If you replace the tie rod ends/ get it aligned right away. DO NOT let this go too long. It will affect the tire placement/belt charichteristics

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