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Old 03-13-2007, 03:29 PM   #1
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Unhappy Steering Wheel Play

I am driving a 2000 323. 2 month ago I brought my car the garage to check the steering and suspension at front as the handling is slugglish . They fitted a re-built steering box and replaced wishbones and bushings. But all these juts improved a bit . Noise would still come out when driving on the pitted road. and I still can sense the steering wheel play, it's not much but definitely can feel it. I brought my car back and they said it is normal to E46. Is this true? Any recommendations to get back my once solid handling?

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Old 03-13-2007, 03:43 PM   #2
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I have the same problem. I've done everything you've done, and more. I'm going to change my suspension the end of this month. Hopefully it will help
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:09 AM   #3
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Did they also replace the tierod assemblies? Have you replaced the rear TABs? Bad RTABs can result is some rear wheel steer as the toe changes and make it fell like it's steering. My guess is your rack was OK. You have smooth roads there don't you? Rack shouldn't wear out. You could also try Powerflex front bushings to tighten up the steering response rather than using the OEM crap which will always be loosey.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:12 AM   #4
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Oops forgot. If you have high miles, bad struts/shocks can also impact the steering response. Some Bilsteins or Koni's would do wonders to improve the way the car handles.
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