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Posted by Bruno on September 24, 2001 at 17:43:35:

In Reply to: How to diagnose steering box? posted by Chris Rose on September 24, 2001 at 14:13:05:

1- open the hood and driver window.
2- locate teh steering box
3- turn the steering wheel gently right and left
4- look if the play is in the steering box (that means if your turn the wheels and the connection at the entrance of the box doesn't turn, the play is in the steering column)

Play in the steering column:
Remove all the panel below the steering wheel and locate the big nut in the steering colum.
Tighten the nut (this might be hard to do)

Play in the box:
Follow instruction in

Play isn't in the box nor the column
Lift the front of the car and move the wheels, look for play in all the steering links.

I hope this will help.

'89 535i...

My '95 525iT is still suffering from some looseness or slop in the steering. So far I've replaced thrust-arms (due to shimmy problem not steering), outer tie-rods, idler arm, sway-bar links. All of these have made an improvement, but I'm still feeling something odd in the steering. I don't know how to describe it other than give some examples.
When crossing a speed bump at slow speed and at an and angle, I feel a jerk in the steering wheel that seems to be too much. Also this weekend I drove across a small grassy area. I could feel every bump tugging at the steering wheel. My wifes car is also a '95 525i and does not exhibit this problem so I know there's something odd feeling about the steering in this car.
I believe the only things left to replace are the center track rod and the steering box itself.
Any ideas on how to investigate this problem further on my own? I'm about ready to take it to a shop and just accept whatever they tell me is wrong.

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