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Old 04-24-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
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Weired Steering Problem

I have a steering problem. My Car steering is "loose". I guess my best explanation is that it feels like a tire is off the gournd every once in a while and the car pulls randomly.

For example if im slowing down for a stop light and hit a slight bump in the road the car will pull in that direction. Then it pulls the other way if i hit a bump on the other side.

Or if i am on the freeway and i hit a slight road level change it pulls a little in the direction of the hole.

I checked the bushings, sway bar and stabilizers link, Nothing wrong. Could this be a tie rod issue? Steering rack?
I have just aligned the front and rear wheels.

but still the problem persists. Any Body have a solution for this.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:05 AM   #2
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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my 318 did that before i swapped out the steering rack.
When i swapped it out it seemed to resolve the issue.

what you are describing could also be bent wheels.
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Old 04-24-2007, 02:51 PM   #4
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I had the same problem for a little while 'cause my tie rod ends were nearly non existent. After I replaced them I went and got it aligned and it never did it again.
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Old 04-25-2007, 03:25 AM   #5
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I checked the tie rods and ball joint and they are perfect. The rear wheels seems to be bad. is it possible to be the bad rear wheels that caused this.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:45 AM   #6
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Are your tires stock? Deviating from the stock sizes or changing to performance tires can cause a phenomenon known as tramlining.
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Old 04-25-2007, 06:28 AM   #7
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I am using the stock tire size.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:45 AM   #8
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Are your tires stock? Deviating from the stock sizes or changing to performance tires can cause a phenomenon known as tramlining.

you know i read that article. makes sence. have been told about that. BUT...the 330 did not do that as much before. I have had everythign checked twice. All suspension is up to par and at factry settings.

i had continental tires(OEM) still did it. I get an alignment done and two weeks later its back to where it is now. So i figure wheels?

..atleast im not the only one dealing with this.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:08 AM   #9
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I will put new rear tires. Sometimes i hear low knocking sound when i am moving the steering wheel to the right or to the left.
Anybody knows anything about this issue.
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:39 AM   #10
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my 318s collum would make a kncking noise when i hit small bumps or occasionaly while turning.
where the two steering collum shafts come together there seems to be some play in a vertical motion..atleast in my 318. so the two pieces of the collum would knock.
i dont have a fix for it..but if u take off the panel by the pedals and tr to shake things around to see if thats whats making the noise.
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:18 AM   #11
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I exchange the rear tires but still i am having the same problem

I have a steering problem. My Car steering is "loose". I guess my best explanation is that it feels like a tire is off the gournd every once in a while and the car pulls randomly.

For example if im slowing down for a stop light and hit a slight bump in the road the car will pull in that direction. Then it pulls the other way if i hit a bump on the other side.

Or if i am on the freeway and i hit a slight road level change it pulls a little in the direction of the hole.

I checked the bushings, sway bar and stabilizers link, Nothing wrong. Could this be a tie rod issue? Steering rack?
I have just aligned the front and rear wheels.

but still the problem persists. Any Body have a solution for this.
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:00 AM   #12
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Steering problem would relate to the front wheels, why did you change the rear tires?
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Old 04-28-2007, 11:18 AM   #13
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mayb you have to tighten up the steering column
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Old 09-01-2007, 03:09 PM   #14
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I vote the RACK.
What did you find it to be?
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Old 09-19-2007, 07:48 PM   #15
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I have the same problem. I have put a whole new front end on my 325E and all i have left is the Rack. I have heard that the old E30 racks, minus the M3's, have crappy steering. Switch for the Z3 rack and you will have a 3.5 lock to lock instead of the 4.0 lock to lock and it will be tighter. all that i have done to the front end has helped but the major problem is the rack. They suck.
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